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Mother of five left paralyzed after 6th Street mass shooting

34-year-old Jessica Ramirez is expected to live but will be paralyzed from the waist down, her family puts on a GoFundMe page. (Bilma Ramirez/GoFundMe)

Jessica Ramirez was celebrating her 34th birthday on Sixth Street when the mass shooting broke out and caught her in the crossfire. Her family says she will be permanently paralyzed from the waist down.

The mother of five turned 34 in a hospital bed on Sunday. Ramirez's family has organized a GoFundMe to help her pay for her medical expenses as she does not have health insurance, they say. Ramirez underwent a five-hour back surgery after a bullet hit her right lung and spine, her family says.

A total of 14 people were shot in the early morning hours on Saturday, including 25-year-old New York tourist Douglas John Kantor, who died in the hospital after 30 hours fighting for his life. The status of the other victims is unknown but Ramirez and Kantor were the only known individuals to be in critical condition after the incident.

Two suspects are in custody in connection with the shooting: 17-year-old Jeremiah Roshaun Leland James Tabb and a 16-year-old male who has not been identified.

The investigation is still ongoing and police are asking anyone with information come forward by calling 911 or the police tip line at 512-472-TIPS.


Bites & Sips: what's new in food and drink
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  • San Marcos favorite Industry Burger opens "mid-October" on E. 5th, featuring "low key healthy" Texas fare.
  • Cinnaholic at The Arboretum opens Friday, October 14, serving "create your own" cinnamon rolls and other sweet treats.
  • San Francisco's Marufuku Ramen opens next Wednesday, October 12, in the Mueller District.
  • Carpenter Hotel announces its popup food truck, Lil Carpenter, open Fri-Sun both ACL weekends, serving what you want, early to late, coffee to donuts, to dogs/burgers/fries/beer.
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