Road rage shooting survivor advocates for gun law changes

No one has been arrested in the December 1st shooting that left Rosalinda Menchaca in critical condition.

Road rage shooting survivor advocates for gun law changes

SAN ANTONIO – A young mother who fought to survive after being injured in a road rage shooting on the Northeast Side in December is now fighting for change.

Being the mom of a bubbly 3-year-old who is about to be 4 is a handful, especially now that Rosalinda Menchaca is in a wheelchair following the shooting last year.

“I was shot eight times,” she said.

Menchaca, 21 at the time, was driving with her daughter, Mariana, her daughter’s father, and his brother on Schertz Road near Thousand Oaks and Wurzbach on Dec. 1. Police said she moved over to let another car pass, and someone inside opened fire.

“When they put me on the stretcher, I started not to feel my legs and my feet and, at the time, I didn’t know I got shot in my stomach,” Menchaca said.

She was five months pregnant, and her son Emiliano was born seven days later. He didn’t survive.

“I am blessed that I’m able to have my daughter, hug my daughter, and have her here for her birthday. But what about all these other parents,” said Rachel Menchaca, Rosalinda’s mom.

Rosalinda Menchaca lost her spleen and some of her intestines. She also has rods in her spine, and her feet are paralyzed.

She spent 31 days at BAMC and another 15 at Warm Springs Rehab.

While Rosalinda Menchaca’s shooter has never been caught, the Robb Elementary School shooting inspired her and her mom to start advocating for gun law changes.

“(At) 18, you’re allowed to buy a gun. I mean, you haven’t even started your life yet,” Rosalinda Menchaca said.

KSAT asked her if the Senate bipartisan agreement went far enough by increasing the background checks for people purchasing weapons under the age of 21 but not raising the age requirements.

“It’s no ifs, ands, or buts. It should be (going) up,” Rosalinda Menchaca said.

“That’s our prayer -- for there to be a stop on this gun violence, you know, and for the age to change,” Rachel Menchaca said.

Delaware Sen. Chris Coons said he believes the agreement will become legislation and presented to the full Senate before July.

As it stands, enough Republicans have backed the agreement, and it should pass the 60 votes needed to bypass a Senate filibuster. If someone flips, that goes out the window.

About the Authors:

Leigh Waldman is a news reporter at KSAT 12. She joined the station in 2021. Leigh comes to San Antonio from the Midwest after spending time at a station in Omaha, NE. After two winters there, she knew it was time to come home to Texas. When Leigh is not at work, she enjoys eating, playing with her dogs and spending time with family.

Joe Arredondo is a photojournalist at KSAT 12.