PD: "I ain't messing around," suspect tells police after arrest in Phoenix road rage shooting

Posted at 11:27 AM, Oct 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-27 14:27:25-04

Police lunching at a Phoenix restaurant arrested a man after a road rage shooting where a bullet struck within inches of an 18-month-old child. 

Police say on the afternoon of October 20, 23-year-old Nathaniel Marcus Allen Crawford was upset with another driver for being "inconsiderate." Crawford told police that he approached the car and saw that the driver of the car was armed.

Witnesses say Crawford then allegedly fired at least two shots at the other vehicle as they drove eastbound on McDowell Road from 7th Avenue. 

Police say there were two officers having lunch at the Chipotle restaurant at that intersection who witnessed the shooting and apprehended Crawford.

The officers reported that the street and sidewalks were very busy with traffic and pedestrians. 

The victim's vehicle was hit twice, with one bullet reportedly within ten inches of an 18-month-old child who was seated in a car seat in the back of the car. 

Police located a 9mm handgun in Crawford's car. Crawford allegedly told officers the he "fired warning shots, and I know it was wrong, but I ain't messing around."

Crawford is facing multiple charges including aggravated assault and endangerment.