PHOENIX - A teenage girl is dead, and a man is hospitalized after they were shot while inside a vehicle late Sunday night in west Phoenix, police said.
The 16-year-old girl who died has been identified as Kassandra Cisneros. She was initially taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition.
The 18-year-old man, according to police, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The man's identity was not released by police.
"Early information indicates the two were in a vehicle when they were shot by an unknown person," Sgt. Ann Justus said in a statement.
If you have any information on the shooting, you're asked to call police at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS, or 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.
'I started doing the first aid'
Two days later, a Phoenix resident, who is being called a hero after administering first aid to the two shooting victims, is speaking out.
He wants to remain anonymous but says as soon as he heard the gunshots, he grabbed his medical bag and sprang into action.
"I knew somebody was really hurt, really bad to be screaming. I mean that late at night to be screaming help, so I knew it was pretty serious," he said. "I went home and I got my medial stuff and I went back out there and that’s when I started doing the first aid."
He was asleep at his home a few doors down when he heard the gunshots. He says he has a kit specifically for gunshot wounds, and that he takes it with him whenever he goes to the shooting range.
"I carry just basic stuff. Gloves and stuff like that, but I do carry tourniquets here and up front," he said.
The scene was horrific, he said. The 18-year-old man was screaming for help after being shot multiple times, Cisneros was sitting motionless in the front of the car.
"I never encountered anything like that. I’m around guns and stuff like that, so I’m not scared of weapons. But seeing somebody injured by bullets and stuff like that, it was an eye-opener to know that there are dangerous people out …" he said.
Although Cisneros died, this man's unwavering decision to jump into action to help may have made the difference in saving at least one life.
"He was fainting. He was coming back to me, but the second I thought the bleeding stopped, I got really happy," he said. "I’m pretty sure if anybody was in that position they would have done the same thing. I was just that person in that position."
Victim's sister speaks out
In the month since the deadly shooting, Norma Alvarez has been grieving the loss of her sister.
"It is something that is really hard to accept," said Alvarez. "It breaks my heart knowing that I don't have her anymore, that I don't get to hear her laugh, that I don't get to hear her yell my name out."
Both the victim's family and Phoenix Police officials are making sure Cicneros' murder is not forgotten, hoping that someone will come forward.
"I am trying to be strong," said Alvarez. "I want justice for my sister."
Police have not revealed whether Cicnero's murder was a random attack, or if she was targered.
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