Tucson Police Detectives are continuing to work diligently to identify both the suspect(s) and motive(s) associated with the homicide incident that occurred late in the evening on Saturday, November 16, 2013, in the area of East Drexel Road and South Copper Plate Avenue.
At approximately 10:16 p.m., an officer from Operations Division South heard gunfire when driving southbound through the intersection of South Park Avenue and East Irvington Road. As he neared the intersection of South Park Avenue and East Drexel Road, several individuals, who were in a gray 2004 Chevrolet Silverado, flagged him down. The officer was told that one of the occupants (an adult male) of the Chevrolet Silverado had been struck by gunfire and was in the bed of the truck. Immediately after coordinating the response of additional police resources via his police radio, the officer began to administer CPR to the male shooting victim. Emergency medical personnel from the Tucson Fire Department were requested and responded to assist. They ultimately transported the shooting victim to a local trauma center for additional medical evaluation and treatment. Unfortunately, the victim succumbed to his injuries while at the hospital and was pronounced deceased shortly after 11:00 p.m. Antonio Flores was 17-years-old at the time of his death.
None of the other occupants of the Chevrolet Silverado were injured as a result of the gunfire.
During the investigation, the detectives have thus far, determined that the vehicle is a greenish-colored sports utility vehicle, van, or crossover-type vehicle. The year of the vehicle is unknown. Detectives believe that the vehicle was occupied by multiple individuals, who had access to multiple firearms. The firearms fired during the course of the shooting incident were thought to be long-gun type weapons, possibly shotguns and/or rifles. Multiple rounds were fired at the victims and the truck in which they were riding.
The shooting incident initiated at a Circle K store at Campbell and Drexel involving only non-lethal projectiles. However, the violence further escalated when both vehicles were on East Drexel Road moments later, and the suspects fired multiple lethal rounds at the victims and truck. Not only was Mr. Flores struck by gunfire and killed, but the lives of the other six individuals riding in the truck were seriously endangered. As such, the Tucson Police Department asks that anyone having knowledge of a greenish vehicle similar to a sports utility vehicle, van, or crossover that was occupied by multiple armed subjects on Saturday night to please call 911 or 88-Crime.