Police say one of the victims in the shooting, 18-year-old Alexander Pettygrove has died from his injuries. The other victim, also 18, is recovering.
Two men shot in road rage incident in Glendale; police search for suspect
On Saturday afternoon, Glendale Police officers located a vehicle that had crashed into a retaining wall of a gas station. Pettygrove and another victim were found shot and taken to a hospital.
Investigators say that witnesses reported an altercation between two vehicles right before the shooting. The suspect vehicle pulled up to the victim vehicle where words were exchanged, and Pettygrove threw his drink at the suspect vehicle. The suspect responded by firing several shots into the victim vehicle, then fled the scene.
Desiree Camacho and her husband were driving down Peoria Avenue just before 4:30 p.m. when they saw a Toyota Camry crash right into the wall of a Circle K. Without a doubt, they got out to help.
"We thought it was a little car crash," Camacho said. "We never knew it was going to be seeing someone [get] shot."
"As I'm walking up, I saw the hole in the window and I put two and two together," said witness Jorge Navarro. "Yeah, someone got shot. I saw the guy, the driver – and he looked real bad."
"One of them was in bad condition," said witness Enrique Sanchez. "He was having trouble breathing [and there was] blood all over and the other friend didn't realize he got shot, too."
"It's just crazy," Camacho said. "You don't expect road rage, something so simple to turn into something so big. You don't expect to get shot over some words, or who knows what it was that happened."
There is now a growing memorial near the crime scene. There are candles, flowers, and stuffed animals, all for 18-year-old Pettygrove.
"This is a parent's worst nightmare," said Paul Pettygrove, father of AJ Pettygrove. Paul is coming to terms with his youngest son getting killed just 24 hours ago.
"He was a typical teen that was a good boy," Paul said. "He just got a job [and was] looking forward to his future, employment, school, and college and girlfriends."
While words seem to not come so easily for Paul right now, there are a few that makes him smile when he thinks of AJ.
"Good son, loving, caring, understanding," Paul said. "I know these are all clichés, but it's the truth."
AJ was supposed to start a new job at QuikTrip, so he decided to pick up the meal for his family, not knowing it would be his last.
"He was so happy to pick us up Chick-fil-A and it was pretty nice because we're always the ones picking up food and bringing it home," Paul said. "And he was happy to be able to do that for us. He came home, played with the dog and left for a short time."
The suspect is being described as a Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s and was driving an older model dark blue SUV.
If anyone has any leads or information, you're asked to call the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000.
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