Police release name of man found shot to death after vehicle hits home

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A man, who was fatally shot, was found inside a vehicle that crashed into a South Phoenix home late Tuesday night, according to police.

Police were called to the residence at 20th Place and South Mountain Avenue, near 16th Street and Baseline Road, at about 10:30 p.m. They discovered Manuel Ortega-Callejas, 36, dead inside the vehicle, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

No one else was inside the car as it traveled through the home's garage and into a bedroom.

There were two people inside the home but neither was injured by the collision.

The woman who lives in the home said the car went straight through her 4-year-old daughter's bedroom. She is thankful her daughter was not home last night.

"I mean at the time it was just very shocking," said Blanca Fernandez. "You just think about what could have happened. I mean I just kept thinking if she would have been here this would have been tragic."

With the exception of one citizen who reported hearing gunshots in the area, there were no witnesses to this shooting and police have no motive or suspect information.

Police are asking anyone with information concerning this homicide to call Silent Witness at 480-948-6377 (480-WITNESS).