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Suspect arrested after 10-year-old girl dies following apparent road rage shooting in Phoenix

Posted at 8:31 AM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 11:46:33-04

Police have arrested a suspect after a 10-year-old girl was shot and killed in an apparent road rage incident on Wednesday night.

LIVE VIDEO: Police to give updates on suspect's arrest at 9 a.m.

Officers say the shooting happened around 5:45 p.m. near Interstate 10 and 39th Avenue.

Phoenix police tell ABC15, Summerbell Brown was in a car with her father, mother and sister traveling down Moreland Street, when a white four-door pickup truck started following them.

When the family pulled into the driveway of their home, someone in the truck opened fire on their vehicle before taking off in an unknown direction.

Police say Summerbell and her father Dharquintium were shot, and transported to the hospital.

Summerbell died from her injuries Thursday morning, according to police. The girl's father was treated and later released.

The mother and other daughter were not injured.

"This nightmare is going to replay in my head forever," Taniesha Brown said of her daughter. "I can't sleep, I hope she's at peace."

It is unclear at this time what prompted the suspect in the pickup to start shooting, but police suspect road rage may be to blame.

"He was ready to start shooting. I got out of my vehicle, and asked him, 'What's going on?' Because he stopped at my house," said Dharquintium. "I asked him, 'What's up?' And he just got to firing. He shot my car, and he shot me, and he shot up my house and he killed my daughter."

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"It's possible that it could've begun on the roadway just by virtue of the fact that the car was following the other so closely before they arrived," Phoenix police Sgt. Vince Lewis said.

On Thursday, police released more information about the suspect and vehicle believed to be involved, including surveillance video that shows a truck closely following the family's vehicle in a neighborhood.

Police received a tip and located the vehicle wanted in connection with the murder at a home near 61st Avenue and Indian School Road Thursday night.

Officials identified the suspect as 20-year-old Joshua Gonzales, who was booked into jail on a count of first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault.

Phoenix police urge drivers to call them if tensions are ever escalating on the road so that officers can help.

"Get to a safe location, and if you can't, and you have the ability to make a phone call, go ahead and call Phoenix police or call 911. Let them know that you're being followed by an aggressive driver," Lewis said.

The incident marks the seventh road rage attack ABC15 has reported on so far in 2019, and the fifth in just the last three weeks.

See where the media-reported road rage shootings have occurred in the Valley in 2019.

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