TEMPE, AZ - Tempe police say a group of skateboarders took their good intentions a step too far, after one of them shot and critically injured a man who had punched a young woman in the face moments earlier.
It all started around 3 a.m. Sunday near Mill Avenue and 9th Street. Police say the shooting victim tried to pick up some girls outside the Jack in the Box, and was acting extremely crude and aggressive.
A group of about four young men on skateboards noticed what was going on, and tried to help the women get away.
At one point, police say the shooting victim punched one of the women so hard that it knocked her to the ground. The shooting victim then took off running, and the group of four men took off after him. Police say they started beating up the man using their skateboards.
Things quickly got out of hand, and one of the skateboarders, a 21-year-old, pulled out a gun and shot the man in the chest.
At that point, the shooting victim ran about a block down the road, where he collapsed in Mike Hicks’ front yard.
“I hear someone right outside my window moaning… just going on and on,” said Hicks, an ASU PhD graduate, who has lived at the house for three years. “All of a sudden paramedics are here, they wheel him off, I wake up in the morning, and it’s just like a ginormous crime scene investigation.”
Police say the group of men on skateboards ran back to their hotel room at the University Inn and Suites on Mill Avenue. ABC15 was there as several of them were put in handcuffs. The shooting suspect faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
At this time, the shooting victim is still alive, but in critical condition. Tempe police say if he pulls through, he will also face charges, for punching the woman in the face.
Police have not released the name of the shooting victim.
ABC15 is not identifying the shooting suspect as he has not yet been formally charged.