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* Vallejo Police Arrest Clifford Crawford And Antonio McNeal For Shooting 3-Year-Old Girl Yesenia Vasquez

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Vallejo police arrested two men Thursday afternoon who are suspected of firing bullets into a home and wounding a 3-year-old girl last month.Clifford Crawford, 19, was arrested in the 200 block of Pennsylvania Street in Fairfield. He was a Vallejo resident at the time of the June 5 shooting, Sgt. Don Hendershot said.Antonio McNeal, 23, of Vallejo, was arrested after a brief chase at York and Marin Streets in downtown Vallejo, Hendershot said.Vallejo and Fairfield police, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office’s drug enforcement team, and the FBI’s gang task force participated in the arrests around 3:40 p.m.McNeal and Crawford were booked into the Solano County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and use of a firearm. Their bail is $1.3 million.Vallejo police said they are suspected of firing several rounds into a home in the 500 block of York Street from an alley around 3 a.m. One of the bullets struck Yesenia Vasquez and lodged in her spine.The girl was taken to Children’s Hospital in Oakland. She was released three weeks ago but has suffered a set back, said Reggie Garcia, a spokesman for the Vasquez family.The girl’s mother told him last night that Yesenia has tremendous pain in her lower back and no feeling in her left foot. Doctors did not remove the bullet in the girl’s spine because they were afraid she would become paralyzed, Garcia said. The bullet also hit the girl’s intestine, part of which was removed, Garcia said. Yesenia is not able to keep food down and is losing weight.Garcia, a retired Vallejo police lieutenant, said Vallejo police had the suspects under surveillance before they were arrested.It was believed a 9mm bullet struck the girl, but Garcia said he believes it was a larger .40 caliber bullet.”It’s just below the surface of the skin and is wedged in a vertebrae,” Garcia said this morning.The girl’s mother Alejandra also said Yesenia wakes up screaming, “Don’t kill me,” and her other daughters are also having nightmares, Garcia said.Alejandra Vasquez has four daughters ages 3, 8, 10, and 12, and is expecting a son soon.Garcia said he was told by police the suspects knocked on a window of the house, saw the girls sleeping and fired eight rounds into the house anyway. Yesenia was sleeping with her mother when she was struck by the bullet. Some of the other girls were sleeping on the floor, not in bed, or they could have been hit by the bullets, Garcia said Vallejo police said the shooting was a result of the suspects mistakenly shooting into the wrong house in retaliation for a prior incident.There is a fundraising event for the Vasquez family Aug. 15 between 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Scotty’s Restaurant in Vallejo, police said.

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