Girl, 13, recuperating from Friday shooting

NORCROSS - A 13-year-old Norcross girl shot during a reported home invasion Friday is expected to survive her injuries, police said Monday.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said the girl, Elsia Ortiz, was listed in stable condition Monday at an area hospital and "is expected to fully recover from her injuries."

For the victim's protection, police did not identify the hospital where she is recuperating. Schiralli didn't specify where she was physically shot or how many times she was hit.

Meanwhile, police continued the search Monday for her assailants, described as two black men.

Early Friday evening, the men forced their way in the girl's apartment in the 1800 block of Noble Forest Drive in Norcross, police said.

Inside, the men held a family of four at gunpoint and demanded the girl's father, Henry Ortiz, hand over his wallet and vehicle. During the robbery, one of the men shot the man's 13-year-old daughter. The duo then fled in the family's blue Chevy Astro van, police said.

Authorities recovered the van in the same apartment complex about an hour after the incident. Police were unsure how the suspects left the scene.

The family was able to provide a description of one suspect. He is a tall black man with dreadlocks, between 20 and 30 years old weighing between 200 and 230 pounds, witnesses said.

"Both suspects are still at large," Schiralli said. "This is still an active investigation."

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Gwinnett police at 770-513-5300.