Arrest made in shooting at Phoenix QuikTrip that left teen dead, two others hurt

Posted at 10:51 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 14:22:09-04

PHOENIX — An arrest has been made in connection to a triple shooting at a Phoenix QuikTrip convenience store that left a 16-year-old dead.

The Phoenix Police Department arrested 31-year-old Emeterio Trujillo on May 27, near 27th Avenue and Buckeye Road, according to a statement released Thursday.

On the evening of May 19, officers were called to the area of 19th and Glendale avenues for reports of a shooting. When they arrived they found three teens with gunshot wounds.

A 17-year-old and 18-year-old were taken to a hospital and are said to be recovering, according to police. A 16-year-old victim, identified by police as Sean Chinn, was pronounced dead.

According to a police report, Trujillo was identified as the driver of a vehicle involved in the drive-by shooting through surveillance video and other evidence. Trujillo was reportedly seen getting into the driver's seat while two others were in the passenger and back seats.

As the vehicle pulled away from the QuikTrip, Trujillo made a U-turn and drove past the store while his back passenger pulled out a gun and started shooting in the direction of the teens, according to police documents.

Investigators say witnesses informed officers that the shooting was in connection to rocks being thrown at the suspect's vehicle. Trujillo also admitted that the shooter mentioned rocks being thrown at the vehicle before the shooting started.

Trujillo was booked into the Maricopa County Jail and is facing charges of murder, drive by shooting, and probation violation.

Phoenix police are currently searching for the two other suspects involved and the investigation remains ongoing.