Nebraska mother, 22, is paralyzed from the neck down in a drive-by shooting in broad daylight five days after she gave birth to her second child
- Zaria Rodriguez, 22, was shot in the neck November 14 in Omaha as she rode in a car with her husband, Luis Rodriguez, and two small children
- Luis honked at a group of males walking into the road, and they tried to jump on his car
- A blue Hyundai then drove up alongside his silver Nissan and someone fired several shots, striking his wife in the neck and paralyzing her ‘upon impact’
- Omaha Police arrested Cameron Koonce, 17, on November 17 and charged him with felony assault and a gun charge as the family demands more arrests
A young mother is paralyzed from the neck down after she was shot in a drive-by shooting just five days after giving birth.
Zaria Rodriguez, 22, was riding in a car along with her two small children – including her five-day old son, while her husband was driving on November 14 in Omaha after the family bought a television.
Luis Rodriguez said he noticed a group of males along Parker Street enter the roadway and he honked his horn.
A new mother a second time less than a week prior, Zaria Rodriguez, 22, was shot in the neck in a drive-by shooting in Omaha on November 14, paralyzing her from the neck down
Omaha Police on November 17 arrested Cameron Koonce, 17, in connection to the investigation and charged him with first-degree felony assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony
He said the group tried to jump on the hood of his silver Nissan sedan, and he swerved to avoid them.
In dashcam footage from Luis’s car, a blue Hyundai drives up alongside the Rodriguez family.
Near N. 34th Ave. and Blondo St., in broad daylight, someone started shooting.
Bullets ripped through the family car and struck Zaria in the neck. She was paralyzed ‘upon impact,’ her husband told KETV.
‘I only saw my wife collapse,’ Luis said. ‘Saw her eyes roll back, and I really thought to myself, ‘She’s gone.”
A grandmother of Zaria Rodriguez (right) wrote on a Facebook page that the young mother had a successful surgery on November 18. Zaria ‘She is able to move her forearms, wiggle her right foot!!’ wrote grandmother Ellen Scott
After a group of males tried to jump on the hood of the family’s car, a blue Hyundai (pictured in dashcam footage) pulled up to the Rodriguez car and someone opened fire
The other passengers, including the couple’s newborn son and 17-month-old daughter (pictured), were unharmed
The other passengers, including the couple’s newborn son and 17-month-old daughter, were unharmed.
Luis said he frantically sought medics in the moments after the drive-by shooting.
The car stopped nearly two miles away at near the Northeast Precinct police station at N. 30th Ave. and Taylor St., where officers found Zaria shot in the neck.
She was rushed to Nebraska Medical Center.
Despite the grim initial prognosis, Zaria showed progress after a surgery November 18, family said.
‘Zaria had a successful surgery today. She is able to move her forearms, wiggle her right foot!!’ wrote her grandmother Ellen Scott on a Facebook page she set up to collect donations for medical expenses.
Omaha Police are continuing the investigation as the Rodriguez family wants to see more arrests. ‘There’s multiple people,’ said Luis Rodriguez
‘Recovery from surgery will be 3-4 weeks & then movement therapy will be next.’
The day before, Omaha Police arrested Cameron Koonce, 17, and charged him with first-degree felony assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
He was booked at the Douglas County Youth Center, police said.
As the investigation continues, Zaria’s family wants to see more arrests.
‘I want to bring justice, even though they only caught one person. There’s multiple people,’ Luis Rodriguez told KETV.