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9-year-old Robeson Co. girl with long recovery ahead of her after being shot in car with mother

Posted September 16, 2021 12:07 p.m. EDT
Updated September 16, 2021 6:09 p.m. EDT

— A 14-year-old boy was the third person charged in connection to the shooting of a Robeson County mother and young daughter.

On Thursday, the boy was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony conspiracy and discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle.

Deputies responded to a call for shots fired on Moss Neck Road in Pembroke on Saturday afternoon. They found Renota Sosa and her 9-year-old daughter, Estrella Sosa, injured by gunfire while driving.

Estrella left the hospital at UNC-Chapel Hill Thursday morning. Her mother says she left in a lot of pain and she fears it may be a very long road to recovery.

A 9 year old Robeson County girl is still fighting for her life after she was shot while riding in the car with her mom

“The only relief she’s getting is if you massage her head like this,” Renota said.

Nevertheless, her family is thankful she’s back in their arms.

“It could have been worse than what it was,” Renota said.

Retona said Estrella was riding in the car with her, her husband and her other daughter when shots were fired.

“My husband didn’t know whether to hit the gas or turn in so he hit the gas and they kept shooting,” said Renota.

Estrella was hit four times, three times in the back and once in her head.

“The next thing I know, my oldest daughter had jumped on top of the little one trying to hold her and the little one was telling us she couldn’t breathe.”

Estrella spent almost a week in the hospital. Renota said her daughter is just not the same.

“I lost my baby. When I speak to her, she doesn’t look at me she turns her head for me she don’t say 'mommy I love you.'”

Several shots were fired into the back of a car while a mother and her 9-year-old daughter were driving in Pembroke. Four people are facing charges

Estrella will need speech and physical therapy and she’ll also need to see a psychiatrist. Her mother says the incident left her traumatized.

“She’s strong and she’s got all her family behind her and we love her. We’re ready to get our little girl back,” said Renota.

The other two people currently charged in the shooting are Christian K. Locklear, 21, from Pembroke and a 16-year-old teenager from Lumberton, who were arrested by investigators on Monday.

Locklear was placed under a $1.5 million secured bond. He's facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony conspiracy and discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle.​

Both juveniles are being held at Cumberland Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Investigators said they are still looking for a 15-year-old who is also charged in the case.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Robeson County Sheriff's Office at 910-671-3170 or 910-671-3100.

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