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Shooting victim's family, community rally to find suspect

A sign demanding justice for the slain Sandra Johnson is shown. (Sandra Haros/KTAR)

PHOENIX -- It's been one week since shooters opened fire on a house, killing 51-year-old Sandra Johnson and leaving three others injured.

In response to the shooting, city leaders including Mayor Greg Stanton, Police Chief Daniel Garcia, Councilman Michael Johnson and others came together at Peace Park near the shooting site to "make a united statement that the community will not stand for violence." They also distributed Silent Witness fliers with Sandra Johnson's photograph to neighbors in the area.

"That's one of God's rules. Do not kill. If you have a conscious, come forward. You're going to be alright, everything is going to be alright," said Allen Johnson, the victim's brother.

The drive-by happened in broad daylight at 14th Way and Roeser in South Phoenix on Feb. 1 about 2:20 p.m. It's an area some residents describe as being unsafe because of drug and gang activity.

Police have gathered intelligence in hopes to catch the shooters.

"We've increases our officer presence, we've increased our investigative presence out here," said Garcia. "It's not just about visibility, which is important for this community to feel safe, but it's about solving this crime."

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact Silent Witness at (480) WITNESS. There is a reward of up to $1000 for information that leads to an arrest.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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