Suspect charged in carjacking, shooting at Target parking lot in Peoria
Aug 15, 2022, 4:00 PM
PHOENIX — A suspect was charged Friday in the carjacking and shooting at a Target parking lot in Peoria, authorities said.
Adonijah Josiah Ortega, 19, is accused of demanding the victim’s keys and wallet before striking him with a gun and shooting him in the leg in the parking lot of the department store near 91st and Northern avenues at about 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 8, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona.
Ortega left the scene in the victim’s vehicle, a gray 2004 Toyota 4-Runner, the release said.
The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for the gunshot wound and head lacerations.
Ortega faces charges of carjacking, using, carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
He could face a maximum of 45 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
The FBI, Peoria Police Department and Phoenix Police Department all took part in the investigation.