Man seriously hurt after car chase ends in shooting near UA

By Joseph M. Molina
Arizona Daily Wildcat
October 15, 1996

A Tucson man was seriously wounded when multiple gunshots were fired at his vehicle after a car chase that ended at East Drachman Street and North Sixth Avenue, a half mile from the UA.

The victim's gray Mercury was boxed in by two or three other cars that were pursuing the victim, said Sgt. Curt Cessna, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

According to witness reports, Cessna said, about five people approached the Mercury and assaulted the passenger. One of the five fired several times, striking the driver in the back.

The victim was taken to the University Medical Center and went into surgery last night, Cessna said. He said the victim was reported to be in serious condition.

The confrontation occurred after the victim passed Mansfield Park, 2000 N. Fourth Ave., and began throwing gang-affiliated signs at a group in the park, Cessna said.

He said the group then got into their vehicles and chased the Mercury southbound on Sixth Avenue, where they caught up to the victim.

TPD Sgt. Brian Young said these shootings are becoming more common. He said there have been five homicides on the west side of town in the last week.

Police are unsure if yesterday's shooting is related to the other shootings, he said.

Four teenagers, who are believed to be witnesses, were taken into custody for questioning, Young said. He said the teens were picked up at North Park Avenue and East Speedway Boulevard.

Police have no suspects, but Cessna said TPD has the description of one of the possible suspect's vehicles - a white four-door vehicle, possibly an older Lincoln.

Anyone with information should call TPD at 791-4452.