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Different Types of Shootings in Phoenix

On Behalf of / Friday, 02 February 2018 / Published in assault, battery, Car Accident, Narcotics, Pedestrian Accident, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death

Many Different Things Contribute to A Phoenix Shooting


Road rage is something that people joke about, but you never know what could happen. Of course, I’ve even joked about having “road rage” but after this latest news article I won’t be joking around about it any more.

According to the Department of Public Safety, they have made an arrest that deals with a road rage shooting. The shooting happened around the Loop 101 on a Saturday.

Thirty-six year old, Christopher Hoffman had admitted to his involvement of the shooting that happened on a Saturday morning near Bell Road.

The Department of Public Safety “DPS” says that witnesses and citizens were able to help them locate Hoffman. Hoffman was booked into jail for a drive by shooting, aggravated assault, discharging a firearm in city limits as well as being in possession of a dangerous drug.

The Department of Public Safety said in a media conference that they do not think that this drive by shooting was connect to the ongoing freeway shootings investigation.


Apartment Complex Shooting in Phoenix


Another type of shooting is at a residential home or apartment complex’s. Home shootings are sadly pretty common. The Phoenix Police said that they were able to identify a woman who had been shot and sadly died in Phoenix on a Friday.

According to the reports, thirty-one year old, Latangla Lawrence had suffered from several gunshot wounds inside of an apartment complex which was located near the I-17 and Thomas Road. The police have reported that the thirty-one year old woman had been shot in the face.

There were witnesses to the shooting, and according to the reports by them, Lawrence was seen leaving the apartment after shots had been fired. She then fell to the ground.

A man was found not far from the scene with a gunshot wound, he was then taken to the hospital where he remains for now. The police have said that there were also two children found inside of the apartment. They children have been taken to the Department of Child Safety to keep them safe.

The shooting is still under investigation at this time.

Could have been a domestic fight? Domestic disputes are known to get a little crazy sometimes, but would it really get so bad to shoot each other? Plus, the children in there…I doubt any kind of parent would shoot at each other in front of the kids. Maybe a drug deal gone bad? Who knows? The police are working hard to get to the bottom of it.


Public Shooting Turns into a Homicide


Another type of shooting is sadly a public place shooting. These are pretty common days. Shootings often turn into homicides, because let’s face it, if you’re planning on shooting someone chances are you’re not shooting at them to tickle them. You’re wanting to hurt them badly, or probably kill them.

A search started for a man who was wanted for a 2014 shooting in a San Diego homicide. The man was later arrested in Phoenix just a couple weeks ago. The police was given a tip about the suspect, and luckily it lead the authorities to the Valley where the found him.

Twenty-six year old Neil Downey as well as another man had allegedly shot a victim outside of a hookah lounge in November of 2014 in San Diego. The first suspect was found a little quicker, in April of this year. However, Downey remained at large and on the run until a Thursday.

Downey is no angel, the brutal man has an extensive history of violence on children as well as police. This, coming from the U.S. Marshals, who are pretty good with their intel.

Since August the United States Marshals have been looking into every tip they’ve recieved about Downey. They got many saying that Downey could be hiding in Phoenix or the Mesa area. They were able to finally track him down as he was leaving a home in the area of 21st and Turney. Must have been some pretty good tips.


David Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for District of Arizona’s Statement:

The level of interagency cooperation exhibited during this investigation was second to none. This collaborative effort resulted in the capture of a violent fugitive and made the Valley a safer place.


Downey is now in jail and is awaiting for extradition to San Diego. He’s being held at the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail. He’s probably not in a hurry to be heading back to San Diego though.




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