Police investigating fatal shooting of 17-year-old

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Police investigating fatal shooting of 17-year-old

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Nov 17, 2013 - UPDATED: Nov 18, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Police are investigating the circumstances that led to the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antonio Flores.

Police are searching for what is described as a greenish-colored SUV or crossover-type vehicle in connection with this incident.

Sgt. Maria Hakwe with Tucson Police tells KGUN9 that around 10:16 p.m. Saturday, an officer heard gunfire while driving through the intersection of South Park Avenue and East Irvington Road.

As he neared the intersection, several individuals in a gray 2004 Chevrolet Silverado flagged down the officer.

The officer was told that one of the occupants of the Silverado had been struck by gunfire and was in the bed of the truck.  The officer called for back up  and began to administer CPR to Flores, said Hawke.

Tucson Fire Department transported Flores to a local hospital, but he died as a result of his injuries.

The preliminary investigation indicates a total of six individuals were riding in the Chevrolet Silverado and were stopped in the parking lot of a Circle K store located at South Campbell Avenue and East Drexel Road, said Hawke.

While in the parking lot, the dark green colored vehicle approached them.  One of the occupants fired an unknown projectile at the group associated with the Chevrolet Silverado. The projectile struck at least one of the individuals, but none of them were injured.

The unknown occupants of the dark vehicle drove out of the parking lot and began traveling westbound on East Drexel Road. The occupants of the Chevrolet Silverado drove to follow the dark vehicle in an effort to obtain a license plate, said Hawke.

The Chevrolet Silverado caught up to the dark vehicle in the vicinity of East Drexel Road and South Copper Plate Avenue.  At that point, an unknown individual or individuals from the dark vehicle fired multiple gunshots at the occupants of the Chevrolet Silverado, striking Flores at least once.

Hawke said that immediately after the shots were fired, the suspect vehicle fled the area and was last seen traveling southbound on South Copper Plate Avenue.

The Chevrolet Silverado continued traveling westbound on East Drexel Road, and the occupants flagged down the officer when they saw him at the intersection of South Park Avenue and East Drexel Road, said Hawke.

The suspects associated with the green vehicle have still not been identified.  Anyone with information about this homicide, suspects or motives is urged to contact 911 or 88-CRIME.

Ina Ronquillo

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Ina received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.