Destiny McClain vigil

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A woman was shot and killed after an apparent drive-by shooting in Phoenix on Sunday, while she was ordering food from a food truck.

Phoenix police say officers responded around 3:30 a.m. to the area of 17th Street and McDowell Road after reports of a shooting. Phoenix Police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune says when officers arrived they found a woman, later identified as 23-year-old Destiny McClain, with a gunshot wound. Phoenix fire took McClain to the hospital where she later died.

Police say McClain was ordering food from a food truck when she was shot. It is believed that unknown suspects were shooting from a vehicle in that area when a stray bullet struck her.

"Everyone started running, screaming. You started hearing bullets like whizzing past us," said Rafael Martinez.

Martinez was standing next to Destiny McClain when she was hit. He said he and his friends gave her CPR and used shirts to stop her wound from bleeding. "Telling her you are going to make it, stay with me, just stay with me. We did what we could to save Destiny's life. It is sad because the outcome, she passed. Twenty three years old and she will never be able to live her life," said Martinez. 

"Where this happened, there were other people present where she was injured by the gunfire but no one could tell us where that gunfire came from. So it could have been from someone inside a vehicle or it could be someone who was two blocks away and just that trajectory of that bullet travelling and striking her is what we don't know," says Fortune. 

"Our detectives this morning are collecting and attempting to find any type of video surveillance within that area. We do have our community who does register some of their surveillance cameras with our police department. It's called a Virtual Block. If they have any type of information on their cameras from that area, it would be beneficial for us to be told about it and provide that information."

The investigation is ongoing. There were no other injuries reported. A description of a suspect has not been released.

If you have any information, please call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at either 480-WITNESS (948-6377) or 1-800-343-TIPS (8477). Spanish speakers may call 480-TESTIGO (837-8446).


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