Road rage suspects at large after opening fire on driver

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TOLLESON, Ariz. -- What started as a close call between two cars ended with bullets flying.

Police are looking for the suspects who allegedly fired a gun at another driver on June 30.

The driver was headed to a work site with his fellow employees and was reportedly unaware he had upset another driver. He said he almost backed into that driver at a convenience store but saw him and stopped just in time.

He said he didn't think it was a big deal, but apparently the other driver did. Police now say a group of men were involved in that case of West Valley road rage.

The victim said he and two co-workers had stopped for coffee at a Circle K near 91st Avenue and Van Buren Street at around 5 a.m.

The suspects, too, had been inside, which is the reason police now have their surveillance photos.

“I was just backing out and almost bumped into their car," the victim explained.

Police say the men started following the victim and pulling up next to him.

“They were just kind of like giving it gas and I kind of looked over every now and again but I didn't want to make a lot of eye contact and irritate the situation," he said. "I was just trying to go to work."

But that is when he says the men flashed a handgun.

“The one that was in the back seat started climbing over the front seat and grabbed the gun, just kind of stuck it out the window and tried to aim it back towards us and fired off two rounds," the victim said.

The suspects missed.

“I think they were trying, we were slowing down and I don't think they were expecting that," the victim continued.

Now that they have their pictures, detectives are expecting to track them down.

The driver is described as a Hispanic male with a thin build and wearing a white tank top.

The suspect sitting in the back seat who allegedly fired the gun is described as a Hispanic male, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a heavy build. He was wearing a black sweatshirt and black pants.

The front seat passenger is being called an investigative lead and is described as a Hispanic male, 20 to 35 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing a white T-shirt, brown cargo shorts and a red baseball cap.

The suspects were possibly traveling in a white 2005 Cadillac sedan.

Police had originally shown surveillance photos of two men wearing muscle shirts, but they are no longer considered suspects.

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