Suspect sought after shooting on Central Avenue

Posted at 9:04 PM, Apr 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 08:54:24-04

Authorities say one person was taken to a nearby trauma facility after a shooting and car crash near Sunnyslope High School.

Video from Air15 showed Phoenix police units had blocked off N. Central Avenue near E. Alice Avenue Thursday night. One vehicle was shown to be off the road on the west side of Central Avenue.

Police spokesperson James Holmes said officers were called to the area for a report of a crash and possible shooting around 8 p.m.

Officers arrived to find an 18-year-old man inside a crashed car suffering from what investigators believe to be a gunshot wound. A woman the same age was also in the car, but was not hurt.

He was taken to the hospital and is in "extremely serious" condition, authorities said on Friday morning.

Witnesses say they saw the shooting suspect with two other people parked along Alice Avenue. He reportedly showed a pistol when the victim pulled up and began firing once the victim drove away. The victim wrecked his car while trying to get away, police say.

One person who heard what happened described the sound of the ordeal as fireworks.

"I heard what I thought was firecrackers, it was maybe eight to 10 pops," said Laurie Robbins. "I stepped onto the balcony and I looked out and I saw a big, white cloud of smoke like an engine revving for a long time."

Police are now looking for the suspect, a white man in his late teens who is said to be clean-shaven, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 145 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, black shorts and black hat and was with two other white men around the same age.

They were last seen in a late 1990s or early 2000s Ford Mustang. The car is off-white with a discolored hood, possibly painted with “Bondo” or primer. The vehicle also has a small factory hood scoop. It was last seen driving east on Alice Avenue.

If you know anything, contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or call Phoenix Police Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141.

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