Crime & Courts

Bullet damaged boy’s kidney, liver and hipbone after road rage shooting, family says

A boy who Wichita police have said was shot during a road rage incident last week remains in the hospital, family members said.

A bullet caused damage to Andres D. Arambula’s kidney and liver and fractured his hipbone, Angelo and Lucero Arambula said in a GoFundMe page. He remains in the pediatric critical care unit at Wesley Medical Center.

“We are beyond blessed & thankful this sweet boy was not taken from us during this time but still have a long road of recovery to go for both Andres & his family,” the GoFundMe states. “Andres parents are both taking time off work to support & be there for him & his 3 other siblings during this horrific time.

“We are asking for donations & prayers to help support the Arambula’s family’s medical & additional costs during this hardship.”

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said on Wednesday that a 4-year-old boy was one of six children under the age of 10 inside a Chevy Tahoe during a shooting sparked by a road rage incident. The boy was taken to a hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

The road rage incident went on for about 2.5 miles after one vehicle cut off the other, police have said, before a passenger in a Ford Mustang got out and fired two shots at the SUV. It started in north Wichita near 29th North and Broadway before the shooting at 13th and Topeka, just north of downtown.

Police arrested the suspected driver, Ramonyka Evonn Smith, near Ninth and Volutsia. The suspected shooter, Tylin Deshone Atkinson, was arrested at a home in the 1100 block of North Hydraulic.

Smith and Atkinson were charged on Monday in Sedgwick County District Court with criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle. Atkinson faces an additional charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, court records show. Smith’s bond was set at $100,000 and Atkinson’s at $250,000.

They both remain in the Sedgwick County Jail, inmate booking records show.

Smith was arrested two months ago after police identified her as a suspect in a drive-by shooting a few blocks away from Wednesday’s road-rage shooting, The Eagle previously reported. She was never charged in the case. She has been serving probation for a felony conviction in Greenwood County.

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