PHOENIX — Authorities say a 16-year-old girl has died after she was shot
in the head in a drive-by shooting in Phoenix.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said the teen, Niani Rayshawn Allen, was riding in a car with three other passengers near
67th Avenue and Broadway Avenue on Friday night when someone in another vehicle fired
into the car.
Phoenix police said Allen’s friends then drove to a Walmart store about two miles away to get cover and call
Walmart, which was filled with shoppers, was briefly evacuated after one of the
friends yelled someone had been shot.
The victim was taken to Phoenix Children’s Hospital in extremely critical
condition but later died.
On Saturday morning, authorities took 18-year-old Phoenix resident Jason Christopher Lindsey Jr. into custody. Lindsey has been booked into a Maricopa County’s 4th Avenue Jail on first-degree murder charges. MCSO Sgt. Chris Hegstrom said detectives believe Lindsey fired the bullet that killed Allen.
Lindsey was one of six people in the vehicle from which shots were fired, Hegstrom said.
MCSO detectives said the shooting started as a fight between teenagers as they left a basketball game at Sierra Linda High School.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.