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Man pleads not guilty in road rage shooting death of Phoenix girl

Joshua Gonzalez (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office photo)

PHOENIX — A 20-year-old man accused of killing a 10-year-old Phoenix girl in a road rage shooting earlier this month has pleaded not guilty.

Joshua Gonzalez entered the plea Tuesday to charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and drive-by shooting.

Gonzalez is accused of shooting Summer Brown and her father April 3 as the family sat in their driveway near 39th Avenue and Roosevelt Street.

Police have said the events leading up to the killing started after Gonzalez believed the family’s car had cut him off in traffic and followed them home.

Sgt. Vince Lewis with the Phoenix Police Department said a tip led officers to the vehicle that was linked to the shooting at a home near 59th Avenue and Indian School Road.

Lewis said a search warrant on the house uncovered a handgun in the garage, which was linked to the murder through forensic evidence.

Gonzalez also allegedly attempted to change his vehicle’s appearance after the shooting.

He is expected to appear in court next June 6.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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