PHOENIX – A 10-year-old girl died after being shot along with her father in what may have started with a traffic dispute, Phoenix police said Thursday.
Sgt. Vince Lewis said the shooting that killed Summerbell Brown occurred Wednesday night when a man in a pickup truck that had been following a family’s car fired several gunshots after the family pulled into their driveway.
Two other family members weren’t injured.
The pickup drove away and no immediate arrest was made.
Lewis said the fact that the pickup was closely following the victims’ vehicle might indicate there’d been a traffic dispute. He said there was no immediate indication that the family and the shooter knew each other.
“It’s possible that this was a road rage that started earlier in the area prior to the victim’s family arriving at home,” Lewis told KTAR .
KTVK-TV reported that the 30-year-old father, whose name was not released, told the station outside the family home Thursday morning that the shooting occurred after he got out of the car to confront the man who was following his car.
Police had said immediately after the shooting that the father also was critically wounded but then said Thursday morning he was recovering. The man told a KTVK reporter that he wasn’t badly injured.
Police said the shooter was believed to be a man 30 to 40 years old and driving a white pickup with dark trim on the bottom.