Police: Road Rage Shooting Suspect Wanted - Tucson News Now

Police: Road Rage Shooting Suspect Wanted

Victim's Pontiac Grand Prix Victim's Pontiac Grand Prix
Broken window victim's Pontiac Grand Prix Broken window victim's Pontiac Grand Prix

KOLD News 13 Crime Specialist Som Lisaius

What started literally as a bump in the road nearly turned into murder. That's what happened when two vehicles ran into each other and one of the drivers came out shooting.

Campbell Avenue and Grant Road is one of the busiest intersections in the city. There are businesses on every corner that thousands of people pass every day. Considering what happened on June 29th 2007, police say it's a miracle nobody else was hurt.

Chaos at the corner of Campbell and Grant is nothing new, but on June 29th somebody opened fire in the middle of the day. Sergeant Tim Milbourn can't believe more people weren't hurt, "You have people that like to shop outside and drink coffee. It's incredible that we didn't have somebody else shot."

Sgt. Milbourn says the driver of a gray SUV opened fire on a Pontiac Grand Prix after a disagreement headed westbound Grant Road. Immediately after, the victim's vehicle swerved behind the SUV and got caught on its trailer hitch. That's when the suspect vehicle attempted an abrupt turn onto northbound Campbell.

Both vehicles ripped through the intersection and around the corner at a high rate of speed. So fast in fact that the suspect lost control, came off the road and continued through a parking lot, according to authorities. The suspect slammed on his brakes and the victim's vehicle crashed into the back of the SUV. At that point, police say the suspect got out and started shooting once again.

This time, each of his shots missed. But the damage was already done. The shots actually went through the passenger side and struck the victim, a near-fatal shot to the victim's chest.

Fortunately, the victim's girlfriend was able to help him to a nearby residence, where two Good Samaritan doctors provided emergency aid and took him to University Medical Center for life-saving surgery.The young man survived. 

The suspect in the grey SUV got back in his vehicle and drove away from the scene. The grey SUV is going to have noticeable damage on the back end. Police say they are looking for somebody to call in and say, I know who did this.

The suspect's vehicle described as a grey or silver 1998 or possibly a newer model Ford Expedition. The vehicle's license plate could possibly be a University of Arizona plate beginning with the letter "P.

If you have any information, please call 911 or 88-CRIME.

A reward up to a $1,000.00 will go to the person whose tip leads to an arrest.

You may remain anonymous. It isn't who you are; it's what you know that could help solve this case.



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