The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that started with a drug deal and ended with a teen in the hospital early Wednesday morning.
There was some initial confusion because of how the incident was first reported.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety said it started at about 1 a.m. with a call about a shooting on Interstate 10 in the area of Litchfield Road.
“However, it was later determined to be within Goodyear PD's jurisdiction,” the DPS Duty Office said in response to our inquiry.
According to MCSO Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez, the 17-year-old victim said he was shot on I-10.
“The victim changed his mind several times and then the investigation was turned over to Goodyear PD on Litchfield and I-10,” Enriquez said.
MCSO took over the investigation after the victim “changed his story and admitted he was in the area of [Germann] and Tuthill conducting a drug deal ….”
That area is roughly 18 miles southwest of where the teen was when he reported the shooting. That's about a 25- to 30-minute drive.
According to Enriquez, the 17-year-old said that he was shot while driving away after “the drug transaction was complete.”
In video from the scene and a photo tweeted by the sergeant, you can clearly see a large hole in the driver's side window of the victim's car.
Enriquez said the victim was wounded by what appeared to be birdshot. The teen suffered injuries to his face and torso, but those injuries are not life-threatening.
Although it comes in several sizes, Birdshot is generally the smallest pellets of shotgun ammunition. The pellets are packed into a shotgun shell and scatter when the shell is fired.
"The more metal spheres, or pellets, that get packed into a shell the more the pellets will scatter around the target area," Rem870.com explains.
Enriquez said two young males suspects fled the scene in a vehicle, but he did not provide any other information.
It is not clear if the teen knew the suspects prior to Wednesday morning's incident. It's also not clear what his role was in the drug deal that precipitated the shooting.
Scene currently at Litchfield and I-10, Two suspects outstanding teen driver shot on driver side door. His injuries are non life threatening pic.twitter.com/GY6e9GBa8d— @SgtJEnriquez (@SgtJEnriquez) February 22, 2017
Scene currently at Litchfield and I-10, Two suspects outstanding teen driver shot on driver side door. His injuries are non life threatening pic.twitter.com/GY6e9GBa8d
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