Police arrest suspects shooting cars in Tempe

Posted at 9:14 AM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 19:22:54-05

Police have arrested two suspects Thursday night responsible for shooting at two vehicles in Tempe.

Authorities say tips led authorities to 18-year-old Ivan Dominguez and a juvenile who were taken into custody for the Wednesday night shootings.

Officials originally said three people were arrested but later clarified who was taken into custody.

Lt. Michael Pooley said the third juvenile is not being charged at this time.

Dominguez is charged with: One count of aggravated assault, two counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm and criminal damage.

The 15-year-old is charged with: Four counts of aggravated assault, three counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm and criminal damage.

According to police, both cars were shot at while driving southbound on Kyrene Road between US 60 and Baseline Road around 7:45 p.m

The drivers called police after leaving the area but called within minutes of each other.

Three young children were in one of the vehicles that was shot, and the bullet hit just inches away from an 8-year-old's arm.

"My son he said he's scared. He's scared," said the driver of the car who did not want to be identified.

Officers found bullet fragmentation and evidence of a shooting on both cars but did not locate any suspects in the area.

More than a dozen Tempe police officers spent Thursday going door-to-door in the surrounding neighborhood. 

Residents say the shootings have kept them from feeling safe.

"It's not safe, and I really hate it. Get him. Get him now, so we don't have to worry about him," said Vincent Lemell.

Tempe police said they believe the shots came from the same car.

"Both individuals say that there was no other cars that they saw. And they didn't see anybody on a bike or walking," said Pooley.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety was notified of the shooting, but they say they are not connected to any recent highway shootings in the Valley.