Girl, 9, struck by bullet in road rage incident

A 9-year-old girl was struck in the leg by gunfire after the driver of the vehicle she was riding in was involved in a road rage incident with the driver of another car.

The child was taken to the hospital by paramedics for a non-life-threatening injury, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

Shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday, police responded to a 911 call about a shooting near East Irvington Road and South Campbell Avenue, Dugan said.

Police were flagged down by people standing outside of a vehicle who told officers that their daughter had been shot.

Officers and a Pima County sheriff’s deputy gave aid to the child until paramedics arrived, Dugan said.

Officers were told that the vehicle the child was in and another car were traveling east on Irvington when the drivers began arguing over a driving issue, which then turned into a road rage incident, Dugan said.

The vehicles turned south on Campbell and the drivers continued arguing, then gunfire was exchanged between both vehicles, Dugan said.

The driver with the child who had been shot turned the vehicle to head north on Campbell, while the other car continued traveling south, he said.

The car that left was described as a white Dodge Neon with four doors. It had at least two occupants, Dugan said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

2 sexually assaulted, beaten on south side

Two women were beaten and then sexually assaulted in separate incidents on the city’s south side, police said.

The attacks happened near South Sixth Avenue and West Veterans Boulevard on June 27 and July 8, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

Police released a composite sketch Thursday of the assailant connected to the first incident. Investigators cannot say if the same man is connected to both assaults, Dugan said.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact 911 or 88-CRIME.

The first attack happened about 11 p.m. June 27 when a woman was walking in the 3500 block of South Sixth Avenue, Dugan said.

An assailant approached the woman from behind, grabbed her by the hair and pulled her behind a business into an alley, said Dugan. The man punched the woman multiple times before sexually assaulting her, he said.

The victim described her attacker as a man in his 30s. He was about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 150 pounds. He had short black hair and brown eyes.

On July 8 at about 6:30 a.m., a woman was walking down an alley in the 3400 block of South Sixth Avenue when she was struck from behind by a man, Dugan said. The man struck the woman in the face several times, causing serious injuries. The woman then was sexually assaulted, he said.

The assailant was described as about 6 feet tall, and was seen riding a bicycle, Dugan said.The police spokesman advised that people remain aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity to police immediately. When walking, it is safest to walk with someone in a lighted, populated area, Dugan said.

3 carjack cabdriver

A cabdriver who picked up three people from Casino del Sol was carjacked and robbed Wednesday.

At about 6:30 a.m., the 54-year-old cabdriver picked up a man and two women from the casino at 5655 W. Valencia Road, said Chief Deputy Chris Nanos of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

The cabdriver was directed to the 2900 block of West Via San Andrea, near South Cardinal Avenue and West Hermans Road, Nanos said.

One of the women and the man took out weapons and told the cabbie to pull over and give them his money. The cabbie refused and was pulled out of the cab and robbed, Nanos said.

While the cabdriver was being robbed, a vehicle passed slowly and the three assailants got back into the cab and drove away, Nanos said.

The cabdriver, who was not injured, yelled to the passing motorist to call 911.

One of the women was described as about age 40, about 5 feet tall and weighing 130 pounds. Her black hair was pulled into a bun, and she had a tattoo on the left side of her neck and possibly one tattoo on her arm. She was wearing a black T-shirt and denim pants, and went by the name Monica, Nanos said.The woman claimed to be the wife of the man, and mother of the other woman involved in the crime, Nanos said.

The other woman was in her early 20s and was about 5 feet tall and weighed 140 pounds. She had brown eyes with painted-on eyebrows, and was wearing a white T-shirt with an unknown print.

The man was described as about 45 years old, with a deep voice. He was about 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighed about 140 pounds. He was wearing a black short-sleeved button up shirt, black pants and a black ball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Compiled by Carmen Duarte