PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- Phoenix Police officials have released a sketch of the suspect connected to the deadly shooting of a 10-year-old girl late Wednesday afternoon, in addition to a photo that shows the truck the suspect was in at the time.
The alleged shooter is still at large and the community where 10-year-old Summer Bell Brown lived is shaken. A vigil is being organized by the people of the neighborhood, devastated over the death of this little girl who had her whole life ahead of her.
According to a statement released by Sgt. Vince Lewis Wednesday, a family of four was driving near 37th Avenue and Portland Street when they noticed a white Ford F-150 with dark-colored trim was following them.
“They were traveling westbound on Moreland and turned into their residence and that’s when the driver or someone from the pickup truck opened fire to the car," said Sgt. Lewis.
According to police officials on Thursday, the 10-year-old, identified as Summer Bell Brown, was seating in the back, behind her father, and both were shot. Brown did not survive her injuries, and her father, identified as a 37-year-old, suffered non-life threatening injuries. Brown's mother, who was inside the car, and another girl that was seating in the rear were both not hurt, according to police.
"I'm just heartbroken this little girl is a victim of that horrible act of violence," said Rosanna Castro, who lives in the area.
Summerbell's father spoke with FOX 10 about the tragedy. He said he and his family were in their car, driving in front of the suspect and heading north on 37th Avenue. The suspect was tailgating him, and surveillance video shows the pickup following close behind the family sedan.
According to police, the suspect fired several shots from the pickup before speeding off. The father said he was shot in the shoulder and remembers rushing to the backseat and holding Summerbell in his arms.
Neighbors also heard the rapid fire of gunshots.
"I came over here right away, I saw the dad get put into an ambulance," said Antonio Castro, "I felt that pain. I got my own daughter. Just heartbreaking."
Neighbors who never met the family are sharing their pain, looking for ways to help, planning vigils and fundraisers.
"We don't have that much income and we have to survive, and I know how it is we want to come together as a community and help this family out," said Rosanna.
As for the suspect, he fled west on Moreland Street, and then north on North 39th Avenue. Phoenix Police describe him as a Hispanic man, 30 to 40 years old, with facial hair, and wearing an orange long sleeve shirt at the time of the incident. Police also describe the truck as a white four-door Ford truck, with dark tinted windows and damage on the bed.
"I hope he does come forward," said Rosanna. "A little girl's life was lost. I hope he feels that in his heart."
State Senator Tony Navarrete, who grew up where the deadly shooting happened, is taking action.
"It's right behind my home I spent my childhood in, so it's really difficult to kind of see this ongoing situation of violence that continues to occur," Senator Navarrete said. "But we have begun to work with the City of Phoenix and we have begun to make some headway on addressing some of the concerns of the community."
The vigil is set to happen on April 5 at 7 p.m. right in front of the Brown family's home.
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