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Jul 20, 2014 1:59 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Mother speaks after road rage shootout

TUCSON - The mother of a girl injured in a road rage shootout said her daughter spent about 4 hours in the hospital after a bullet lodged in her leg.

Jennifer Otero was not in the vehicle Thursday when her daughter was shot. She said she is no longer in a relationship with the father who was driving. After receiving a phone call, she rushed to the crime scene and spent hours with her daughter at the hospital.

"It was just stressful," Otero said. "I didn't know what to think. It was surreal. It was a nightmare to me. It's still a nightmare to me."

Police have not said who started the aggressive driving, who pulled out a gun first or who shot first.

Two brothers in the other vehicle are facing Drive-By Shooting charges. Their family has said they were the victims and acting in self defense.

Detectives are still working on the case, and police say charges against the father are pending.

Tucson Police said the Department of Child Safety placed the children with family. Otero said the children are with the father's parents. She said she normally has primary custody and has no history with the state's child welfare agency. She hopes to get them back soon.

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