Suspect found dead after allegedly shooting Jack in the Box employee

A suspect involved in a shooting at a Jack in the Box near 35th Avenue and Thunderbird was found dead inside a home on Thursday night.

Detectives identified 18-year-old Brandon Hudson as the suspect who allegedly shot a Jack in the Box employee on Wednesday.

The victim was working the 24-hour drive-thru when surveillance video shows three suspects creeping up to the window. In the video, a man in a plaid shirt pulls out a gun and fires right into the glass.

"It is very brazen to walk up to the window like that, not knowing who is around or what is going on," said Lt. Jeff Pierce.

Authorities say the employee, a man in his 20's, on the other side of the window and was shot in the left arm. He managed to call 9-1-1 after all three ran away.

The victim was walking and talking when police arrived; he was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Police say Hudson was on probation, which he had violated for other reasons, and had told his associates he wouldn't go back to jail.  

Officers learned Hudson was at a home near I-17 and Dunlap on Thursday night.

When officers arrived, the people inside the home came out and allegedly told officers Hudson was armed and still in the home.

Police say they were trying to talk to Hudson when they heard a gunshot ring out from inside the home.

The SWAT Team entered and found Hudson dead from apparently shooting himself.

Detectives are still working to identify the other two suspects in the shooting at the Jack in the Box.

They say they believe robbery was the motive in the shooting.  

Carroll Love, who came in for her usual breakfast, saw the chaos when she drove by around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

"It's scary, and I feel sorry for the people who have to work here late at night," she said.

The shooting has some customers on edge wondering if fast food places like this one should consider changing their hours.

"It is an unprotected situation you know, maybe we should go back to the old ways and close at ten," said Love.

"It really doesn't matter what location you are at, if they're gonna hit you, they're gonna hit you," said another patron.

"It takes just a few inches in one direction or another to be fatal," said Lt. Pierce.

Police are hoping the surveillance video will lead them to the suspects who are described as Hispanic or African-American males in their late teens or early twenties.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Phoenix Police at 602-262-6151  or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.
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