Shooting outside Tempe church a mystery; victim not cooperating with police


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Tess Rafols

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 7:13 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 9 at 7:34 AM

Map: McClintock & U.S. 60

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- A shooting victim is recovering in the hospital, but is not doing much to help police find the person who put him or her there.

Tempe Police Sgt. Mike Pooley said several people called 911 shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday to report gunfire in the area of McClintock Drive and U.S. 60, which is between Southern Avenue and Baseline Road.

A short time later, a wounded person pulled into the parking lot of a nearby AM/PM and asked for help.

Police tried to talk to that victim before he or she was transported to a local hospital, but the person was not cooperative. The victim, whom police have not identified, is expected to make a full recovery.

Checking the area around the AM/PM, police determined that the shooting took place in the parking lot of First Baptist Church.

Officers collected shell casings from the scene. They also interviewed a man believed to have been with the suspect at the time of the shooting. While that man is not considered a suspect, investigators said he, like the victim, was not cooperative.

"Everybody involved at this point is very uncooperative," Tempe Police Commander Noah Johnson said. "We really have no idea what's going on right now other than that we do have somebody shot and we do have a scene of a shooting."

At this point, police have not recovered the gun and they do not have a description of the suspect. They also do not know what led up to the shooting or how the shooter and the victim might be connected.