Police seek person of interest in two shootings

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Jose Quiroz has been identified as a person of interest and is wanted for questioning by detectives. By Jennifer Thomas Jose Quiroz has been identified as a person of interest and is wanted for questioning by detectives. By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Police are asking for the public's help finding a man who may have information about two shootings in Phoenix.

Police said two drivers were shot minutes apart on March 14.

At approximately 4:22 a.m., a driver heading northbound on 16th Street from Southern Avenue saw a Hispanic male pointing a silver handgun at him and yelling at him to stop, according to Silent Witness Sgt. Darren Burch.

The driver did not stop and the suspect fired the weapon into the vehicle, striking the victim.

At approximately 4:25 a.m., another driver in the area saw a Hispanic male standing in the middle of the street. The suspect fired into the vehicle, hitting the victim.

One driver was shot in the shoulder and the other was shot in the forearm.

"Investigators think this was attempted carjacking where the suspects were attempting to steal a vehicle in motion from the driver and both drivers refused to stop and both drivers were shot," Burch said.

Surveillance video from a nearby business shows the suspects running across the road after the shootings.

Jose Quiroz has been identified as a person of interest and is wanted for questioning by detectives. Police said he was seen in the area of the shootings.

Quiroz is described as a Hispanic male, 18 years old, 5 feet 1 inch tall and 120 pounds.

Anyone with information on Quiroz's whereabouts is asked to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or silentwitness.org. Callers may remain anonymous.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered in the case.