Jurors see shooting victim struggle to survive gunshot wounds

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Jurors saw Topeka police and emergency medical treatment technicans try to stop the bleeding of a woman shortly after she was shot in the chest and legs in her Topeka home in 2018.

"Help me! Help me! I need air," Melody Ann Ramirez said over and over as she was lying on her living room floor on April 19, 2018. She was shot at 2:07 a.m.

Defendant Rahnel E. Rayford, 28, watched police videos of the seriously wounded Ramirez, who was bleeding heavily, calling for help, then being carried on a stretcher from her home.

Tuesday is the second day of Rayford's jury trial in the shooting of Ramirez. Shawnee County District Court Judge William Ossmann is handling the trial.

Rayford is charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of Ramirez.

Ramirez, who was found lying on her stomach in the living room, told police officers she was shot six or seven times, but an officer counted five shell casings that had been ejected onto the floor.

Topeka Police Officer David Scott said Ramirez was suffering "potentially life-threatening injuries," had difficulty breathing, and felt like she was about to pass out.

Jason Fisher, a neighbor, told police he heard five to 10 gunshots, then used his car to try to chase someone down the street about a block, but didn't catch him.

When she spotted the intruder inside her house, she told him to get out, he pulled his pistol and shot her, Ramirez testified.

"Quit shooting my mom!" Ramirez quoted her then-4-year-old son as saying, "and he ran at" the intruder.

During the investigation of the Ramirez shooting, police had narrowed down photos of potential shooters to two men with similar facial features. Ramirez picked one, but police said he had been in custody when she was wounded, and she chose the second man, she testified.

"I haven't seen him since he shot me," Ramirez said Tuesday, looking at Rayford. "Rahnel is the one who shot me. I'm 110 percent sure of it."

In March, a second charge of first-degree murder in the killing of Patricia Marie Sanders, 37, was dismissed against Rayford. In late February, a charge of first degree murder in the death of Sanders was dismissed against a second defendant, Justin Lee McCoy, now 30.

Sander's body was found on May 13, 2018, in her home in the 1300 block of S.E. Madison. Sander had been fatally shot.