Woman found dead in truck idling in middle of Phx street

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 3 at 3:32 PM

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PHOENIX -- Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a truck stopped in a street, the engine still running.

The woman's body was found at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday after somebody called 911 to report a shooting.

Phoenix police officers arrived on the scene near 28th Drive and Washington Street to find a truck stopped in the middle of the road, the headlights on and the engine idling. The woman was sitting inside. Police said she had been shot to death.

She has been identified as Joann Lopez, 32.

Video from the scene showed the truck with it's passenger-side door open. Officers did not find a weapon in the truck or anywhere nearby.

Investigators said that while they have ruled out suicide and are investigating the incident as a homicide, they have no idea who shot the woman or why.

After canvassing the neighborhood, detectives don't have much to go on.

"There's very little information on anything that occurred leading up to this incident," said Phoenix police Lt. Jeff Pierce. "There's virtually no leads at this point."

It's not yet clear if this was a random act of violence. Pierce said there was nothing at the scene to indicate a gang connection.

They will be trying to piece together Lopez's last hours as they work to determine whom she might have come into contact with before she died.

If you know anything about Tuesday morning's shooting, call Crime Stop at 602-262-6151or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377), 1-800-343-TIPS (8477) or 480-TESTIGO (837-8446).

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