Police catch man suspected of shooting his mother before car wreck

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PHOENIX -- Police say they've caught up with a young man who allegedly shot his mother.

Officers arrested Justin Hockersmith, 22, over the weekend.

According to investigators, Hockersmith ran from a car his mother crashed into a house in the area of Fourth Avenue and Coolidge Street Saturday morning.

When the mother, who was found unconscious in the driver's seat, was rushed to the hospital, doctors discovered a bullet lodged in her brain. The 41-year-old had been shot in the back of the head.

Hockersmith was found after calling family members, said Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department. Investigators traced the number, tracking him to the area of Second and Garfield streets.

It's not yet known what led up to the shooting or what charges Hockersmith could face.

At last check, the mother, whose name has not been released, was in critical but stable condition.