CREATED Jul 5, 2012
Reporter: Kevin Keen
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson police are searching for two attackers who they say pistol whipped a man and shot a woman in the head Thursday. While you might expect those living in the neighborhood where it happened to be in shock, that’s not necessarily the case for everyone.
The morning time shooting happened on West Jacinto Street near Oracle between Grant and Glenn, according to police. Investigators said the two attackers approached a car and pistol whipped a 22-year-old man who had been inside. When the woman driving backed up to get away, officers said an attacker fired at the windshield. They said the bullet hit the 41 year old’s head, leaving her in critical condition.
“We don't know what led up to the shooting itself. We're exploring all possible scenarios,” said Lt. Fabian Pacheco, adding investigators don’t know if the attack was random or targeted.
The shooting left Omar, who used to live in the neighborhood, unsurprised. He still frequents the area and didn’t feel comfortable sharing his last name.
“Sometimes stuff like this happens,” Omar said. “Whether it's drug related or it could've just been a kid with a gun, in my life--how I live--that's normal.”
“I have a lot of friends and got little brothers and sisters,” he said. “They're not allowed to come out and play after the sun goes down. (We have) to constantly check up on everybody's kids.”
Melanie Corteal, who frequents the neighborhood, shared the lack of shock.
“I don't think that it's surprising at all,” Corteal said. 9 On Your Side reporter Kevin Keen asked her, “Why?” “(Because of) the neighborhood and the area,” she answered. “It's surprising it's next to a school, though. I wouldn't expect something like to happen right next to a school.”
That school, NC Nash Elementary, is just across the street, but isn’t in regular session.
“Are you surprised?” Keen asked another neighbor, Tom Furman. “Yeah, a little bit,” Furman answered. “But some of the clientele that comes around here--doesn't surprise you as much as you think it should.”
Crime may be commonplace here, but neighbors said they still demand justice.
“I just hope they get caught,” Furman said. “They should get eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. Put in jail. Put there to rot.”
Tucson police asked for help identifying the two attackers, described as men in their 20s driving a black Chevy Impala or Malibu. Call 88-CRIME or 9-1-1 if you have information to share.