Man shot by assault rifle during car chase

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A house break-in led to a car chase that resulted in an assault rifle shooting early Thursday morning.

According to Tucson police Sgt. Pete Dugan, the incident started with an armed home invasion in the 5800 block of East 28th Street.

At least two armed men shot through a sliding glass door close to 1 a.m. The men entered the home and took items from the house.

The man who lives at the home ran to a neighbor's house, who called police.

The man then chased after the suspects in the car, which had as many as three other people inside in addition to the gunmen.

Helicopters followed the car chase. One of the gunmen leaned out the window with an AK-47 and shot at the pursuer, hitting him in the arm and also hitting the car, which caused fragmentation to hit his face. He pulled his car to a stop, and police performed first aid on him and took him into the hospital, where he is recovering from non-life threatening injuries.

The chopper continued to follow the vehicle with the gunmen to an apartment building at 5353 E. 22nd Street. The vehicle pulled into a parking lot and four or five people bailed from the car and started scattered in different directions.

The chopper led officers to a building where two of the suspects were trying to hide out. Officers detained two of the people. Officers also recovered the vehicle and the AK-47.

Detectives searched the resident's house and found dangerous drugs and paraphernalia in his home. 

No arrests made last night.

Detectives determined that the home invasion was not a random act of violence, and it appeared to be drug related. The victim is under investigation.

No arrests had been made as of Thursday morning.

The home invasion unit is investigating the case.

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