Phoenix police investigating after tow truck driver was found shot and killed

Posted at 1:57 PM, Sep 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-03 01:35:56-04

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting that happened Wednesday evening.

Police say they were originally called to the area of 35th Avenue and Buckeye Road just after 5 p.m. for a stabbing call.

When officers arrived they located 31-year-old Evanni Corona in a tow truck with a gunshot wound.

The victim was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Police believe Corona was the driver of the tow truck.

A group of residents in the area told police they saw the tow truck slowly rolling down the street and stepped in to stop it before locating the victim inside.

Police say the tow truck was believed to be driving along Buckeye Road between 35th Avenue and 51st Avenue between 4:50 p.m. and 5:10 p.m that evening.

"It's like having your foot off the gas. That's how slow it was traveling," says Michael Harvey, R&M Towing.

Michael Harvey saw the truck, then the attempted rescue.

"I see an individual that followed behind him and pulled over. He was the one that was doing the CPR, if I'm correct, but that was really nice of that guy to help out," says Harvey.

Harvey works for another tow truck company, called R&M Towing. The office sits across the street from where the chaotic scene came to an end, along Buckeye Rd.

"So, the first people who called and saw it, it was rolling down the street," says Sgt. Vincent Cole, Phoenix Police Department.

Police say witnesses jumped in and ultimately, stopped the vehicle.

"It was during the day, not knowing what the motive is to this - that's why we're kind of hoping to paint a better picture of information we receive,"

Harvey with R&M Towing says they have surveillance video of the tow truck driving down the road and will be giving that to officers. They tell us the job of a tow truck driver is a dangerous one.

“People assault you without even knowing what you're doing. We've had incidents where guns were pulled on drivers and all they were doing was moving the car to the other side of the property so they could do repair work there, and clean the community up,” says Harvey.

Harvey reminds people that it's not always a pleasant service but, a needed one.

If you were in the area of Buckeye Road, between 35th and 51st avenues, call Silent Witness AZ at 480-WITNESS. Phoenix PD is hoping any video or information can lead them to the shooter.