By Marion V. Ali
Irma Mejia, 17, a mother of a one-month-old baby, underwent major surgery on Monday at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after she was shot at her home last Saturday morning.
Mejia, who lives in an apartment complex on Marina Drive, told police that she was asleep with her baby when she heard a knock on the door.
She got up to open it, thinking it was her common-law husband. Instead she was met by a volley of bullets, two of which hit her.
One bullet ripped through her jaw and another struck her abdomen about four inches above her navel.
When police found her outside her home she was barely conscious, but identified the two men she saw at her door when she opened it.
Based on that information, police arrested and charged Lincoln Robinson, 41, and Leroy Peters, 18.
Both men have been remanded to the Hattieville Prison on a charge of attempted murder, pending further charges upon classification of Mejia’s injuries. They are on remand until July 9.
San Pedro police suspect the motive of the shooting was drug-related since the area is described as a “hot spot” for drug-peddling.
Police also believe that the shooters were looking for Wayne Allen, Mejia’s common-law husband, who was not at home at the time.
Mejia reported to police that two days prior to the attack, one of the accused men had threatened her.