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Suspect identified in carjacking outside Target in West Valley

Police say an individual sustained non-life-threatening injuries during Monday's incident.

PEORIA, Ariz. — Authorities have identified the man accused of a violent carjacking incident outside a Target in the West Valley last week.

The incident took place Monday morning, Aug. 8, around 11:30 a.m. in a parking lot near 91st and Northern avenues.  

Peoria police said the victim was walking out of the store when he was approached by another man, later identified as Adonijah Josiah Ortega, 19.

Authorities said after Ortega approached the victim, pointed a semi-automatic handgun at him, and demanded the victim give him his keys and wallet. 

Ortega reportedly struck the victim multiple times in the head with the handgun and fired his weapon twice, striking the victim once in the right thigh. Authorities said Ortega then took the victim’s keys and fled the scene with the victim’s vehicle. 

After Ortega fled, authorities said the victim limped toward the store, where citizens rendered aid until paramedics arrived. The victim was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound and multiple lacerations to his head.

“We go to the mall, and there’s a shooting, then we come to Target, and there’s a shooting; it’s like every day there is a shooting,” said Jessica, who was shopping at Target.

The victim's car was located unoccupied early Tuesday morning by the Phoenix Police Department in the 3500 block of East Dunlap Avenue. 

Authorities said Ortega is facing carjacking and firearms charges. 

Credit: 12News
Credit: 12News

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