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9-year-old undergoes second surgery following shooting

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A 9-year-old girl who was shot multiple times during a home break-in early Friday morning is recovering after undergoing a second surgery. Friends say Arianna Engler underwent the procedure with her grandmother and father by her side.

Robert Floyd lives near the Engler home. He said he is keeping the girl's cat, Chex. He said the little girl has been asking about her cat and as soon as she recovers a bit from her surgeries they'll be reunited.

"Hopefully that will cheer her up a little bit," Floyd said. "When she recovers, just think of what she has to go through now because somebody wanted what? A TV or a few dollars? It's ridiculous."

Engler survived being shot several times, but her mother was not as fortunate. Allie Engler, 42, was found dead by police when they arrived at her home.

Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff said investigators have received calls and tips from the public and are working to find the gunmen behind the deadly shooting in Beauregard Town around 5:30 a.m.

The quaint house on Beauregard Street appeared untouched Saturday afternoon. The crime scene tape had been removed and the street was void of flashing lights just one day after the violent crime. The only signs left of the brutal attack were candles that lined the wall outside of the Engler home.

"They just picked the absolute worst house on the street to break into," said Andrew Baker, a family friend.

Baker said he has babysat little Arianna and depended on her mother, Alexandra, for a home-cooked meal sometimes. Baker, like many other neighbors, is outraged and hurt.

"For someone to be as heartless as they were to come in and execute her mother in front of her and then shoot a little 9-year-old in the back, that just says it all," said Floyd.

Beauregard Town's Civic Association has plans to beef up security. It recently received a few thousand dollars from the Downtown Development District to help out.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the accused gunmen. The number is 344-7867. St. Luke's Episcopal Community is also offering an additional reward of up to $2,500.

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