PD: Man shoots another man during robbery, steals a car before crashing in Phoenix

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The suspect crashed into another driver near Central Avenue and Bell Road. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The suspect crashed into another driver near Central Avenue and Bell Road. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

A man was arrested after he went on a crime spree, including shooting a man during a robbery attempt in a park, and carjacked another man in Phoenix, police said.

Officers said it all started when Robert Allen Gabbert approached a man and a woman near 12th Street and Bell Road and tried to rob them of money and drugs.

During the robbery attempt, Gabbert fired several shots and shot the man before driving off.

The victim was shot in the forearm and should be OK, according to Capt. Larry Subervi with the Phoenix Fire Department.

An officer then saw two men arguing near Second Street and Bell Road, with one of them being Gabbert, police said. But before the officer arrived, Gabbert stole that man's car and drove off, according to police.

"I was going to the gym this morning and I saw a cop with his gun drawn, kinda checking things out and I was like, 'Oh do I leave? Do I stay home?' So I went back home 'cause I didn't feel safe," said Allie Couch, who's lived in the neighborhood for a year. 

The officer tried to stop Gabbert but he kept going, police said. He then crashed into another driver at Central Avenue and Bell Road, police said. The other driver had minor injuries.

Gabbert was arrested at the crash. The gun he used was inside the stolen vehicle, police said.

He will be booked on charges including armed robbery, aggravated assault, theft of a motor vehicle, firing a gun within city limits and other charges depending on the results of the investigation, police said.

Gabbert had been recently released from jail after being arrested on drug charges on March 15.

"It doesn't sit well, I'm a single mom, I have kids at home and it does make me nervous that's for sure," said Couch.

Some who lived in the neighborhood couldn't believe what happened.

"I'm shocked," said Karen Zarske, who's lived in the neighborhood 12 years.

"It's terrifying, I don't even really want to leave the house," said Jackie, who didn't want to give her full name.

Jackie has lived in this neighborhood 12 years and says she walks the park daily with her dogs as do many people. She didn't want to show her face because she says recently she hasn't felt as safe in her once quiet and quaint neighborhood.

"I have often left this park running home because I've heard shots. But it's getting pretty bad here, certainly, none of this activity was going on when I moved in 12 years ago," said Jackie. 

Other people we spoke to say they've felt safe in this neighborhood, until Sunday, but say they won't let something like this scare them off.

"I'm still renewing my lease and I'm still going to walk my dogs several times a day with caution," said Couch.

"I have to practice for Pat's Run, I have to keep walking," said Zarske.  

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