Francisco Sanchez

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A man accused of shooting and killing a teen girl near 43rd Avenue and Indian School Road early Friday morning claims he was trying to get help because he thought people were chasing him.

According to court documents, 23-year-old Francisco Sanchez told detectives he was at a nearby bar and had been drinking alcohol and using cocaine but left after midnight because he thought people were following him. Sanchez reportedly jumped into the backyard of a 53-year-old woman near 47th Avenue and Indian School Road to get away from the people he thought were chasing him.

Court records say Sanchez allegedly pointed a gun at the woman in the backyard and grabbed her head while asking her if she "wanted to die." Sanchez then allegedly pointed the gun at the back of her head walked the woman through her home and out of the front door where her son and his friends were in the front yard. Sanchez saw the son and his friends and ran away. The woman told officers she had never seen Sanchez before.

Man shoots, kills teen in car with her mom in west Phoenix

After Sanchez left the home, he headed to 43rd Avenue and Indian School Road. Police say Sanchez walked into the middle of the roadway and was allegedly "flagging down" cars. A 51-year-old woman was driving westbound on Indian School Road with her two kids, 17-year-old Eunice Rodriguez in the front passenger seat, and her 12-year-old son in the backseat. Sanchez stood in the middle of the road, which forced the mother to stop her car. Sanchez put his hands on the hood of the car and appeared to have blood on his face, arms, and shirt. The woman told police she thought Sanchez needed help. Sanchez then walked to the front passenger door, and pulled out his gun from his waistband and pointed it through the front passenger window.

Documents state Eunice yelled at her mom to drive away because Sanchez had a gun. The woman began to drive away and heard one gunshot. The woman felt pain in her chest and thought she had been shot, then she noticed her daughter, Eunice, was laying against the car door and was unresponsive. According to court paperwork, Eunice had been shot in the back right side of her head. The mother drove westbound and parked her car. Witnesses in the area helped and called the police. The mother had a graze wound to her right arm and chest caused by the shooting.

Responding officers found Sanchez on Indian School Road just east of 43rd Avenue with a gun in his hand, which he threw on the ground before officers detained him. The only comment Sanchez made as he was being arrested was that he had used cocaine. The Phoenix Fire Department arrived shortly after and said Eunice died at the scene.

During an interview with detectives, Sanchez said he didn't remember saying anything to Eunice or her mother, but said he remembered hearing screams. Sanchez reportedly said he didn't know why he fired a shot into the car other than he was afraid of the people chasing him and he wanted help.

Sanchez has been charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a firearm, misconduct with a firearm, among other charges.


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