Man survives drive-by shooting in Phoenix, police searching for suspect

Jun 11, 2018, 5:00 AM

Miraculous may be one way to describe the survival of a man in a wheelchair who was shot in north Phoenix.

“This may have been just an innocent bystander,” says Phoenix Police Detective Daniel Moreno. “Just at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

The 56 year old man rode his motorized chair from his apartment to a nearby convenience store at 15th Avenue and Bell. It was 1:30 in the morning on Wednesday, March 16, 2018.

He went inside to get a drink.

Once he came outside and got to the sidewalk along Bell Road, Detective Moreno says “he happened to be reaching around back into his backpack and he was shot one time.

“It was a through-and-through gunshot wound that went through his chest, out his back then through his arm.”

The bullet lodged in a car parked behind him.

And here’s the miraculous part – he survived. In fact, Detective Moreno said he didn’t even need any surgery. He was released from the hospital the same day.

This appears to be a drive-by shooting and our victim probably wasn’t the intended target.

The suspect vehicle is described as a tan or gray older model 4-door sedan. It had dark tinted windows.

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Man survives drive-by shooting in Phoenix, police searching for suspect