An Arizona man was arrested Thursday after allegedly fatally shooting a 10-year-old girl in an apparent road rage incident.
Joshua Gonzalez, 20, was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault following Wednesday’s shooting death of Summerbell Brown. According to the Arizona Republic, Gonzalez followed the family’s vehicle as they pulled into the driveway of their Phoenix home before opening fire, killing Brown and wounding her father; Brown’s 12-year-old sister and mother were also in the vehicle but weren’t harmed.
Officials said a tip led them to identify Gonzalez as a suspect in the fatal shooting. The news outlet reported that police were seen surrounding a home where a white pickup truck was parked which matched the description of the vehicle involved in the deadly incident.
Citing police, KPHO and KTVK reported that the family had cut Gonzalez off before he tailed them.
“As soon as the truck was behind the victim, he stayed relatively close, as if he was intentionally following the victim,” Phoenix Police Seargent Vince Lewis alleged, according to ABC News.
The Browns pulled into the driveway when Gonzalez reportedly opened fire, shooting father Dharquintium Brown as he exited the vehicle and mortally wounding Summerbell as she sat in the passenger’s seat behind her father.
The news station reported Gonzalez never left his truck and sped off after the shooting.
“She died in front of me,” Dharquintium reportedly said.
Lewis revealed that Gonzalez has an extensive criminal history. Police Chief Jeri Williams said they’ve recovered the weapon involved in the shooting and accused Gonzalez of taking steps to alter the truck’s appearance.
“There was no reason for her to be taken like this. I wish it was me instead of my baby,” mother Taniesha Brown told reporters Thursday.
“This nightmare’s going to be playing in my head every day. I just really hope she’s at peace.”
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Posted by ABC15 Arizona on Friday, April 5, 2019
[Featured image: Joshua Gonzalez/Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office; Summerbell Brown/GoFundMe]