Do you get angry when you’re behind the wheel of your car? Does it make you mad when someone cuts you off in traffic or does something that seems to wrong you intentionally? Road rage is extremely common in America, but it is also extremely dangerous. And today, we’re sharing a story about how a young man’s road rage resulted in the death of an innocent 10-year-old girl.
Joshua Gonzalez, 20, has been arrested for the murder of the 10-year-old victim after he allegedly gunned her down in a road rage incident. He was arrested after being charged with one count of first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault.
The murder of the 10-year-old girl named Summerbell Brown occurred in Phoenix, Arizona.
Although Gonzalez is just twenty, he has amassed a substantial criminal record, Phoenix Police Sergeant Vince Lewis said in a released statement.
After committing the murder, Gonzalez fled the scene of the crime in his pickup truck. That’s why police asked witnesses to provide their best descriptions of the shooter so they could circulate images of Gonzalez and descriptions of his truck to people in the greater Phoenix area. The police were intent on finding and arresting the person who killed the innocent 10-year-old girl.
When the sketch and description were circulated on Thursday, someone called the police with a tip about Gonzalez. That eventually led police to his arrest.
Not only was Gonzalez arrested, but police also obtained the gun and the truck involved in the deadly road rage incident. The suspect tried to alter the appearance of his truck, so he could avoid detection by the police. It failed to work.
The fatal shooting occurred on Wednesday at 5:45 pm while Summerbell and her sister and parents were riding in the car. They were on their way home. Suddenly, Gonzalez’s truck cut out into traffic right in front of the Browns’ vehicle.
After that, Gonzalez made sure to keep his truck close to the family’s. He followed them closely, trying to threaten them with his proximity.
“As soon as the truck was behind the victim, he stayed relatively close, as if he was intentionally following the victim,” Sergeant Lewis said.
Eventually, the family turned their car into their driveway. Gonzalez stopped his truck, and that’s when things got violent.
Summerbell’s father, Dharquintium Brown exited the vehicle and was confronted by Gonzalez’s road rage.
“I got out of my vehicle,” Brown said. “I asked him, ‘What’s going on?’ And he just got to firing.”
Gonzalez never exited his truck while he opened fire on the family. Summerbell had been sitting behind her father. She was shot and pronounced dead when she was rushed to the hospital.
Her father told reporters on Thursday that he “watched her eyes roll in the back of her head, and I prayed nobody has to experience that. She died in front of me.”
Brown was also shot but suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Although Gonzalez wanted the entire family dead, Summerbell’s sister and mother were uninjured.
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego called the killing a “senseless tragedy.”