PHOENIX -- A man is dead and two small children are in the hospital after a drive-by shooting in south Phoenix.
It happened shortly after 12:30 Tuesday afternoon. That’s when police say bullets started flying between two vehicles southbound on 20th Place. The crime scene stretched over the course of a quarter mile with shell casings found between Broadway and Roeser.
“One of those vehicles lost control; it is a white Ford Crown Victoria you see in the front yard of a house,” said Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump. “When the driver lost control, because he was shot, he crashed into the block wall, mailboxes, and took out a pillar for the front patio.”
That driver was pronounced dead by firefighters on the scene. Inside that vehicle, in the backseat, officers found two little girls, one just 5 months old, the other two years old. It's unclear how the driver was related to the babies. Neither child was shot.
“They were taken out by witnesses and officers, and transported to the hospital for minor treatments for glass fragments and injuries. But they'll be fine,” said Crump. “We are told the second vehicle involved was also a white Ford Crown Victoria but we don't know if it was occupied by one or two males.”