PD: Phoenix woman shot by man who claimed to be shooting at 'mafia leaders'

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Posted at 2:30 PM, Apr 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-25 17:30:40-04

PHOENIX — A man who believed he was shooting at 'mafia leaders,' shot a Phoenix woman in the chest.

Phoenix police report that on April 20 officers responded to 3rd and Southern avenues for a reported shooting.

There they found a woman on the ground outside her vehicle, shot in the chest. The woman was transported to a hospital with a collapsed lung, police say.

The woman's vehicle was hit with numerous bullets, according to police reports.

Witnesses reportedly told police that the suspect's vehicle was a Silver Chrysler 300.

One witness allegedly told police that he offered a ride to 23-year-old Jesus Ismael Hernandez Gonzales, who later pistol-whipped him. As he continued to drive Gonzales reportedly pulled himself out of the passenger seat and fired several shots over the roof of the car.

After driving a few blocks, the witness got out of the car and came back to the scene to talk with officers.

When police contacted Gonzales, he allegedly tried to enter the officer's patrol car. He later told police that 'mafia leaders' helped him to illegally cross the border into the U.S. and gave drugs to drop off.

He reportedly admitted to firing several shots because he believed the 'mafia leaders' were following him.

Gonzales is being held on a $150,000 bond on charges of weapons misconduct aggravated assault and drive-by shooting.