An Arizona man is behind bars today after reports say that he shot two young children over a traffic dispute!
At around 3 p.m. Tuesday, TPD officers were dispatched to the 3400 block of East Grant Road near Dodge Boulevard after two twin 5-year-old girls were shot during a road rage incident. The children were immediately treated, with one of the sisters transported to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
After further investigation, TPD determined that 36-year-old Dominick Cooke nearly collided with the vehicle occupied by the two 5-year-olds. Police said Cooke allegedly continued to drive "aggressively and erratically" alongside the victims' vehicle until a verbal confrontation took place between the passenger of Cooke's vehicle and the father of the children, who was said to be driving their vehicle.
As a result of the confrontation, Cooke brandished a firearm. When the victims' father accelerated away from the vehicle, he told police he heard a gunshot and his twin daughters began screaming.
The children's father says that he found a safe place to pull over and call 9-1-1. When emergency responders arrived they found the girls to both be suffering from injuries. One twin was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the other was treated at the scene.
Cooke fled the scene but was arrested later that day.
He was booked into Pima County Jail on MULTIPLE felony charges and is being held on $150,000 bond.