TEMPE, Ariz. -- A car crash escalated into an altercation that ended in a deadly shooting at a Tempe intersection Tuesday morning, and police believe it all started with fight over a woman. A federal agent on his way to work saw it all and detained the suspect until police arrived.
It happened at about 6 a.m. at 48th Street and Baseline Road.
According to Sgt. Mike Pooley of the Tempe Police Department, an SUV rear-ended a Honda, which, in turn, hit a third vehicle. Video from the scene showed a car with a shattered back windshield. It's not clear if that's the result of the crash or the shooting.
"One of the suspects got out of the vehicle. There was a verbal altercation," Pooley continued. "It turned into gunfire."
Zazhary Rodriguez, 21, was hit several times and rushed to a local hospital where he later died. A witness told 3TV's Ryan O'Donnell that the man had been shot in the head. According to the Phoenix Fire Department, the rescuers were performing CPR during transport.
Police have the suspected shooter in custody thanks to a federal agent who was on his way to work.
"He pulled up just as everything had happened," Pooley said. "He was the one who took the suspect into custody. We were very lucky to have that happen."
Several hours after the incident, Pooley identified the suspect as Moises Gutierrez, 22.
There initially was some thought that road rage might have precipitated the wreck that spawned the shooting.
"There's more to the story," Pooley said.
Rather than a random road rage incident, however, the "more to the story" turned out to be a woman.
According to Pooley, all of this started when Gutierrez and Rodriguez got into an argument over that woman. Investigators are still trying to sort out the relationships, but they believe the two men knew each other.
Baseline Road was closed in the area for several hours while police conducted the on-scene portion of their investigation.
Baseline and 48th St. is now open in all directions for traffic. The scene has been cleared.— Tempe Police & Fire (@TempePoliceFire) July 30, 2013