Daniel Rodriguez accused in Youngtown drive-by shooting, suspected in two others

YOUNGTOWN, AZ - A 23-year-old man has been arrested after a drive-by shooting in Youngtown Friday afternoon.

Daniel Rodriguez was booked into the 4th Avenue Jail on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, shooting at an occupied structure, weapon misconduct and identity theft.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, shots were fired at a home near Peoria Avenue and Agua Fria Ranch Road around 1:30 p.m.

Authorities say there were three people in the home at the time, a 16-year-old girl and her parents.

No one was injured and sheriff’s deputies later determined the 16-year-old was having a relationship with Rodriguez, according to MCSO.

Authorities say Rodriguez, who was using false identification because he is wanted on charges in Florida, has also been linked to two other shootings in the Valley.

In January, sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting at 116th Lane and Cheryl Drive where a resident reported seeing Rodriguez and the 16-year-old female arguing. Authorities say that in an attempt to scare the teenager, Rodriguez fired several 9mm rounds randomly at a nearby home. The female got into the car and drove off with Rodriguez.

Authorities say a third shooting occurred in Phoenix where Rodriguez is suspected of shooting at a house where the 16-year-old girl was staying.

On Friday, sheriff’s deputies found Rodriguez at his home near 40th Street and McDowell Road where he was taken into custody.

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