PHOENIX - A man who was found shot in Phoenix Saturday has been identified as an influential Arizona politician.
Police confirm Christopher Smith, a former Senate aide and lobbyist, died at the hospital as a result of his injuries.
Officers were called to the area near 17th Avenue and Buckeye Road around 8:15 p.m. Saturday after reports of dangerous dogs in the area. When they arrived, they reportedly heard several shots fired nearby.
According to Phoenix police, when the officers responded to the area they stopped a vehicle pulling away and questioned the people inside about the gunshots.
The witnesses reportedly told police they had seen a young male, possibly 15 to 20 years old, shoot a man inside a car that was pulled over mid-street. The male suspect then fled the scene on foot.
Smith, who police said had been shot in the head, was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, but later died.
The suspect is still on the loose.
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