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At least three people are injured after a series of retaliatory gang shootings culminated in downtown Roswell late Wednesday afternoon.
The combination of wet roads and drive-by shootings contributed to two separate accidents caused by suspected gang-related drivers and the nonfatal shooting of an innocent man on South Main Street, all within minutes of 4 p.m.
Police said the situation began near the intersection of East McGaffey Street and South Garden Avenue, when a silver Honda and possibly another vehicle began shooting from their vehicle shortly before 4 p.m.
The occupants of the silver Honda continued shooting as the driver sped toward South Cahoon Avenue and East McGaffey Street, police said.
Sadia Ashraf is a wife, a mother, a sister and a daughter.
She is Pakistani by birth, a woman who embraces the food, clothing and ideals of the culture she grew up in.
She is American by choice, an immigrant who came to the United States 10 years ago to be with her husband and start a new life.
She is all of these—a multitude of identities that were difficult to reconcile as a young woman in a strange country.
“But over the years, the identities have stopped wrestling with each other,” she said. “They’ve come to rest in sync and in harmony. I’ve been able to take the best from each culture. Finding the balance in all of them, it’s helped make me a better person.”
Anna Roeser knows the ugliness of cancer.
She knows it as a mother, carrying her son's dehydrated 3-year-old body in and out of hospitals as leukemia ravaged his blood cells.
She knows it as a diagnosis, vividly recalling the conversation that changed her life — the doctor calling to tell her the lump in her breast was malignant, and she would need aggressive treatment and surgery.
She knows it as a lifestyle, first watching the chemotherapy tear through her son's body and then, only months later, looking in the mirror at her own bald head, devoid of eyelashes and eyebrows.
And she knows it as a survivor, a woman who will stand with her now 8-year-old son Gus during Relay for Life's survivor ceremony, both of them in remission from the disease that entered their life six years ago.