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One person dead after road rage incident in Chandler

The shooting happened near Gilbert and Germann roads on Saturday afternoon, police said.

CHANDLER, Ariz. — The Chandler Police Department is investigating a road rage shooting that left one person dead on Saturday afternoon.

According to police, the shooting happened near Gilbert and Germann roads around 3 p.m. One victim, later identified as 37-year-old Christopher Pelkey, was shot and pronounced dead at the hospital. 

Upon arrival, police found a male suspect, identified as 50-year-old Gabriel Paul Horcasitas, in possession of a firearm, police said.

An investigation into the incident determined that an altercation began while Pelkey and Horcasitas were driving northbound on Gilbert Road. 

When the two approached the light at Germann Road, Pelkey exited his car and walked toward Horcasitas' car. That's when Horcasitas allegedly began firing at Pelkey, police said. 

Horcasitas also struck a nearby car with a family of three inside. Police said that no one in the third vehicle was injured. 

Police also determined that Pelkey was not armed with or in possession of a firearm. 

Horcasitas will be booked into the Maricopa County Jail for charges including one count of first-degree murder, one count of drive-by shooting and three counts of endangerment. 

This is a developing story. 12 News will update as more information is provided. 

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