Motorist Hit By Stray Bullet Dies
Updated On: Oct 25 2010 06:20:11 AM EDT
A woman who was struck by a stray bullet Friday morning while driving an SUV on Blanding Boulevard at 103rd Street has died.
Jacksonville police said Analiza Gobaton, 41, died Sunday.
A close family friend said the mother of three children was heading to her son's honor roll award ceremony at his school when she was shot.
"I can't even process this still," said Annabelle Ramirez, a childhood friend of Gobaton's. "I'm so angry -- I don't know if that's the word, because I know God's will is God's will. And that was one thing we all have is our faith, that she's in a better place watching over us. So that's all we use right now to hope that justice will prevail in the end."
Ramirez said Gobaton was a proud mother who was always giving herself to other people. She said that's why Gobaton became a nurse and helped her mother run their Westside clinic.
"There are no words to describe her. She was just a beautiful and amazing woman," Ramirez said. "She was just a wonderful, wonderful woman whose going to be greatly missed."
Funeral arrangements have been tentatively scheduled for this weekend.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said a least two people were shooting at another person on Transylvania Avenue about 8 a.m. About one block away, Gobaton's vehicle crashed into two others at the intersection of 103rd and Blanding.
Gobaton was taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center in critical condition, according to police. Another person injured in the wreck was also hospitalized with a back injury.
A witness said she heard nine gunshots.
"By the time I got around the corner, the lady hit the other car and she got shot in the head," said witness Natalie Jackson on Friday.
Police said several houses were also hit by stray bullets. No arrests have been made, and no suspects have been identified.
The driver of a pickup truck that was rear-ended in the chain-reaction wreck said the shooting sounded "just like firecrackers." The man, who did not want to be identified, said he had no idea they were gunshots.
"No, I just thought it was a regular accident," he said Friday. "She just didn't stop in time or something. She hit him and he hit me. I didn't put it together until one of the rescue told me she was shot in the head."
The owner of a nearby pawn shop said he turned surveillance video from outside his store over to police, saying that investigators were hoping to catch a glimpse of the shooters.
"It's horrible because it?s kids trying to go to school and everything. And somebody gets shot in the street over?" Jackson said. "There's usually not that much crime happening over here."
If you have any information about the shooting, call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.
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