10-year-old girl shot and killed in front of her family by driver in a road rage incident
A 20-year-old man was arrested by the Arizona police for allegedly shooting a 10-year-old girl and her father in an apparent road rage incident The daughter did not survive, but the injured father Dharquintium Brown is expected to make a full recovery. Brown's mother, who was inside the car, and another girl that was seated in the rear were both not hurt, according to police.
Joshua Gonzalez, the assailant was booked on one count of first-degree murder in addition to three counts of aggravated assault for killing Summerbell Brown (the girl) said the Phoenix police at a press conference. According to a report in Daily Mail, the police said that Gonzalez followed the father to their home in his pick up truck after they cut him off in traffic. Sergeant Vince Lewis of the Phoenix police also revealed that Gonzalez had a criminal history and was caught after they received a tip.
The police also confirmed that the truck in which he followed the family and the weapon that he used on the father and the daughter were recovered by the officials. Gonzalez reportedly also tried to alter the appearance of his truck once pictures of the same were released by the officials. A sketch of him was also released prior to his arrest.
A surveillance video showed that a white Ford pick-up trailed the Brown family car on their lane on Wednesday evening. Gonzalez opened fire after the car was parked and the little girl who was sleeping in the backseat caught the worst of it while her father was struck with a bullet too while he tried to get out of the car and confront the driver. Reportedly, prior to the shooting, Lewis said that Brown's car got 'very close' to his vehicle when they turned into their street.
Dharquintium told KXNV, "'I got out my vehicle and I asked them what’s going on, what's up, because he stopped my house. And I asked him 'what’s up', and he just got to firing. He shot my car and he shot me right here and he shot up my house and he killed my daughter."
Summerbell's mother was also present when the incident occurred and she said, "I looked at him dead in the face, he had this deranged look. He looked like he was high on something. As soon as I looked at him in his eyes, he just "boom, boom, boom, boom, boom" through the car. He didn't even reach the gun outside the window, he shot through his door." She had also noted that his pupils were dilated. "This nightmare is going to replay in my head forever," Taniesha Brown said of her daughter. "I can't sleep. I hope she's at peace."