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Woman arrested after drive-by shooting with kids in car

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Police say a woman who was driving with children in her car was arrested for firing a gun at a man on Sunday.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Police say a woman who was driving with children in her car was arrested for firing a gun at a man on Sunday.

According to a probable cause statement, Vera Marie Castillo shot a gun several times into a group of people at 1750 West 400 north early Sunday evening, singling out a man with whom she had some quarrel. The first round of shots fire by Castillo were about 20 feet from the intended victim, according to police.

"We just seen the sparks from the outside of her driver's window,” says Jay Garcia. “I heard at least four or five times the first time.”

Garcia was with his friends in the drive way when the first round of shots were fired in their direction.
They have no idea why she began firing.

"I think she must have been on something going crazy, probably coming down or something," says Buddy Blayzek.

After Castillo left they say she returned and opened fire a second time.

"We ducked for cover but we weren't sure if she was aiming or not," Garcia says.

No one was hurt. But Castillo took off. The victims knew her. She lives next door.

"She was shooting at my son, shooting at his friend going wild," says their mother Michelle who did not want to be identified.

Police say she had a toddler and an infant in the car during the shooting.

"She called her older daughter and told her daughter she was going to harm herself and all the children," says police spokesman Mike Hamideh of the Salt Lake City police department.

Police scrambled to find her but three hours later she turned herself in to police. The children were okay and were handed over to relatives of Castillo.

Neighbors hope she doesn't return.

"I was pretty shaken up because she's unstable and have had (trouble) with her in the past," Garcia says.

 

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