Family of man injured in Palm Springs Thanksgiving shooting speak out
A man shot dead in Palm Springs on Thanksgiving night is recovering and is expected to survive. Palm Springs police confirmed on Friday morning that shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday night, the victim left her daughter’s home and began driving Granada Avenue from Palm Vista.
Police said that when the man walked past a group of people standing on a street corner near this intersection, he started hearing gunshots and realized he had him- even been shot. The victim went to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The victim’s daughter, Miriam Bravo, and her son-in-law, Andre Bravo, have said gun violence in their neighborhood must end. Miriam said she was lucky her father was still alive after being shot in the leg. However, other shootings in the neighborhood proved fatal.
“Being able to stand here today and say that I’m here with my dad and he’s alive is something these people can’t say anymore,” Miriam said. “I can’t even show my son how to ride his bike in our own community because I don’t know who will be around the corner.
The Bravos said gun violence in their neighborhood happens too often, especially during the holiday season. As Christmas approached, they said they were worried.
“You know, we’re planning to celebrate and now it’s, you know, we’re wondering, isn’t it?” Said Andre. “You know our dad just got shot… put the same emphasis on the neighbor. Let’s take care of each other.
The couple advocate for responsibility and change for their community. They suggest regular police patrols in the area.
“If we know these things are happening, most of the time at these times, why not be here before they can happen?” Andre said.
Other residents of the surrounding area said they were also looking for peace.
“I mean, we get together and talk to your neighbors, the police wave and talk to our community and treat us like human beings. That’s all we ask, ”said resident Shawnda Thomas Faveau.
Palm Springs Police are asking anyone who may have been in the Palm Vista and Grenada area and witnessed the shooting or have information about the shooting to call 760-327-1441. Information may also be reported anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 760-341-7867.
“I’m grateful my dad is with me, but you know I’m done. We are done, “said Miriam.” We need the community to speak up. We need the community to come together and be a neighbor and no longer just a hood. “