Four men have been arrested in connection with shootings that left one woman dead and a teenage boy seriously hurt, police say. The group was driving around Phoenix on Wednesday morning “looking for homeless people to shoot,” according to court documents.
Around midnight, the suspects, now identified as 19-year-old Charles Harris, 18-year-old Troy Brunnetti, 19-year-old Larry Scott and 21-year-old Austin Olson, were in a white Jeep when they shot a long rifle pellet gun at random people at three different places.
The first shooting happened near 19th Avenue and Bell Road, where a 38-year-old woman, later identified as Leanne Holum, was shot as she was standing at a McDonald’s drive-thru. Fire officials took her to the hospital, where she later died.
A few miles away from the McDonald’s, at 9th and Peoria avenues, police say the suspects shot at a 17-year-old boy walking on the sidewalk. He was taken to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
The suspects then drove to the area of 7th Avenue and Hatcher Road, where they tried to carjack a man, investigators said. After the man refused to give them his car, one of the suspects shot the pellet rifle at his car, causing his window to shatter. The victim, who didn’t report any injuries, called the police and followed the suspects’ Jeep.
Police say they found and arrested the suspects near 17th and Grovers avenues. They have been booked for murder, a drive-by shooting, aggravated assault and armed robbery.
They admitted they were looking for people to rob and vehicles to steal, police said.