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Usually quiet St. Francis disrupted by single gunshot, woman wounded

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ST. FRANCIS (WITI) -- St. Francis police are investigating a shooting that occurred early Thursday morning, August 21st in the area of Tesch Ave. and Kingan Ave.

According to officials, the St. Francis Police Department received a 911 call just after 3:30 a.m. from a resident reporting that his girlfriend had been shot inside their apartment. The caller indicated that the suspect fled the scene on foot.

20-year-old Amaretta Cruz was shot in the back. The bullet went through her kidney and leg. Cruz is expected to survive, but her family is shocked that violence would strike such a caring person.

"She goes into the home, takes care of people, like a home health aide. she's a sweet, kind, compassionate person, outgoing friendly, I can't say enough about her," said Rita Mendez, Cruz's grandmother.

Several hours after the shooting, police say they arrested a man.

Below are two 911 calls that were placed moments after the shooting.

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.


  • Rain

    Living in this neighborhood, several blocks away from the incident, I can tell you that this cluster of apartment complexes is just plain dirty. It is low income, beer drinking (as evident by the amount of empty cans littered all over the properties), and loud obnoxious people. Of course this is just a generalization but you get the idea.

    That being said, I’d be shocked if this were anything but a domestic dispute gone horribly wrong. Victim is Hispanic, the alleged perp is described as Mexican? There is almost no chance this was random at least.

    Either way, this is what the reality of low income housing is. Drunks, abusers, rude neighbors.

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