Tucson man arrested for Sun Van shooting

2013-08-22T10:28:00Z 2013-08-22T12:01:12Z Tucson man arrested for Sun Van shootingKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 22, 2013 10:28 am  • 

A suspect has been arrested for shooting at the driver of a Sun Van Wednesday afternoon.

Lawrence Ortiz, 27, was arrested Wednesday night for his suspected involvement in the incident, Deputy Jesus Bañuelos, spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, said in a news release.

At about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday the driver of a Sun Van, a bus service for people with disabilities, was returning to the facility parking lot at 3401 E. Ajo Way between South Palo Verde and Country Club roads.

As the driver “approached the intersection of South Broadmont Drive and East Ajo Way, a truck stopped in front of him and two armed subjects got out,” Bañuelos said.

“The Sun Van driver made an immediate left turn onto Broadmont headed towards the facility parking lot. As he pulled into the lot, the same vehicle stopped on the road behind him. The driver saw an armed subject get out of the truck and fire multiple shots toward the bus. After discharging his weapon, the subject got back into the truck and drove away.”

The driver was the only person in the bus and he was not injured.

A witness in the area provided a description of the suspect and the vehicle involved. Deputies found the truck parked at a home in the 3000 block of South Tower Way near the intersection of South La Cholla Boulevard and West 44th Street, about seven miles from the Sun Van lot.

Ortiz was booked into the Pima County jail and faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, prohibited possessor of a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm.

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