Indictment for suspect in October shooting death of teen

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Suspect facing five counts

PHOENIX - The following is a press release from the County Attorney's Office:

Rudolpho "Rudy" Dominguez Osario, aka Qadir Hodari Al-Amin, 29 (DOB 7/2/79), has been charged in connection to the October 2008 shooting death of a 16-year-old girl who was a passenger in a vehicle that was fired upon in Phoenix after the driver missed his street and was backing up to turn around. Osario was charged in the December 17, 2008 indictment with Second Degree Murder, a class one dangerous felony, and four counts of Aggravated Assault, a class three dangerous felony.

According to a Phoenix Police probable cause statement, on October 7, 2008, the victim and other passengers were being driven home. The male driver of the Chevy Silverado truck they were in missed a turn and was backing up in the area of Vista Grande Avenue and Hidalgo Avenue in order to continue to the correct street. At this time, several unknown black male suspects fired toward the truck. One of the bullets fired from a SKS assault rifle struck the victim behind the right ear. After being taken to the South Mountain Police Precinct station by the driver, the victim was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital.

She was treated for a gunshot wound, but succumbed to her injuries. Further to the probable cause statement, during the course of the investigation conducted by Phoenix Police, Osorio was identified as one of the shooters and a search warrant was executed at his home.

Thomas states, "I commend the Phoenix Police investigators who did an excellent job during the course of their investigation."

Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris commented, "The murder of 16-year-old Melissa Vigil as she and her friends drove home from a birthday party, was a brutal act of violence that shocked our community. This senseless act united the community, the media and the Phoenix Police Department in an effort to solve this crime. The Phoenix Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau, Homicide and Gang Enforcement Units, South Mountain Precinct and Laboratory Services Bureau have worked with Maricopa County Adult Probation and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office on this investigation. Through interviews, physical evidence and forensic analysis, probable cause was developed to charge Rudy Osorio with this murder. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the family of Melissa Vigil at this time. The men and women of the Phoenix Police Department are committed to bringing the criminal element to justice as we strive to protect the community and make Phoenix the safest major city in the America."