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Police seek public’s help in case of Lyft driver’s fatal shooting in Phoenix

Fran and Harold Treadwell (GoFundMe Photo)

PHOENIX – Investigators are seeking the public’s help for information about the fatal shooting of a Lyft driver on the morning of his wedding anniversary last month in Phoenix.

Harold Treadwell III, 71, was shot to death while driving on Baseline Road near 32nd Street around 12:30 a.m. on July 28.

“It’s an awful tragedy,” Sgt. Maggie Cox of the Phoenix Police Department told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Tuesday. “We’re just really reaching out to anyone in the community.”

Cox said one bullet was fired through the driver’s window from outside the vehicle, killing Treadwell immediately.

“Outside of that, they’re still looking at surveillance,” Cox said. “But really we’re hoping the community can come together and give us information that will help us bring justice to this family.”

Cox said witnesses heard one shot and saw Treadwell’s vehicle, which was heading westbound, cross over into eastbound lanes before coming to a stop.

Nobody else was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

“We’ve learned from the family that he’d just gotten off the phone with his wife,” Cox said. “They were celebrating their 52nd anniversary.”

Cox said investigators aren’t looking just for eyewitnesses. They want to hear from anyone who may have been in the area or seen something on social media or overheard information related to the case.

Tipsters can call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151. Anybody with information who wants to remain anonymous can call 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377), or 480-TESTIGO (480-837-8446) for Spanish.

A reward of up to $1,000 is available for information leading to an arrest.

“Please call. Please share any information that can help us solve this case,” Cox said.

As of Tuesday, a GoFundMe campaign to help Treadwell’s widow, Fran, with expenses had raised nearly $23,000 of its $30,000 goal.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Ashley Flood contributed to this report.

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