Police ID woman fatally shot in Glendale, seek person of interest

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Max Quijada has been identified as a person of interest in the investigation. By Jennifer Thomas Max Quijada has been identified as a person of interest in the investigation. By Jennifer Thomas
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GLENDALE, Ariz. – Glendale police have identified a 32-year-old woman who was fatally shot Monday night and are asking for the public's help to locate a person of interest.

Officers responded to a 911 call of shots fired near 55th Avenue and Ocotillo Road just after 9:30 p.m. and located Elena Gonzales inside a home. She had sustained gunshots to the body.

Gonzales was treated at the scene by the Glendale Fire Department then transported to a trauma center where she later was declared dead.

Gonzales' sister said the mother of four was in a domestic violence relationship and died at the hands of an abuser.

"She was trying to leave and he didn't let her leave," said the sister, who did not want to provide her name.

Detectives have identified Max Quijada, 34, as a person of interest in this investigation. Police confirmed that Quijada had a relationship with Gonzales.

Detectives are attempting to locate Quijada and speak to him about the shooting.

Quijada is approximately 6 feet tall, 210 pounds with dark brown hair. He is known to drive a newer model gray Dodge Charger with Arizona license plate BJL7714.

The family wants the person responsible to come forward.

"They took away a mother, a sister, a daughter, granddaughter, everything and it's like ... why did you do all this? What for?" said Gonzales' sister.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Glendale police detectives at 623- 930-3173 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.