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Jessica Holgate was opening up the Jackson Hewitt along Frontage Road in Castle Canyon Mesa at about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, when she heard a distinctive pop.
“I heard the shot,” Holgate said.
She came to her window to see what it was and saw a man walking toward the business’s door bleeding. Her first reaction was to lock the door, but then realized he needed help.
“He kept walking and I was like ‘he sounds seriously hurt,’ so I called 911, got on the phone with them, got out there and helped him as much as I could,” she said.
The man appeared to have been shot once in the stomach, she said. When emergency personnel responded to the scene, the man was transported to the Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott Valley before being helicoptered to a Phoenix area hospital.
Owners of businesses adjacent Jackson Hewitt were able to provide police with some security footage. From what Holgate heard from speaking with the neighboring businesses, the footage does not capture the actual shooting, but does show a white car drive by at the time the shooting took place. Holgate and her neighbors believe the shot came from someone in the white car.
“I hope they get these guys either coming or going (in the footage),” Holgate said.
Because the shooting took place just on the edge of Castle Canyon Mesa – a pocket of Yavapai County land in the Prescott Valley area – the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) is handling the investigation. To collect evidence, they had about a block of Frontage Road closed off for much of the day.
During a follow-up search, the suspected vehicle, a white 2001 Pontiac, was found unoccupied near the Prescott Valley Civic Center, according to a YCSO news release. The car has been impounded as evidence.
Detectives believe three suspects may be involved in the shooting. They are Troy Thomas Mobley, 30, from Phoenix; Skyler Lee Beveridge, 21, from Prescott Valley; and Zachary Bowling, 22, from Mayer.
The suspects are considered armed and dangerous, YCSO said.
An additional suspect vehicle has been identified, but not yet located, YCSO said. The vehicle is describe as a green Toyota Tundra with a DeWalt brand tool box in the bed and a license plate number of AZA-2659.
“If anyone has information on the whereabouts of the suspects and/or vehicle, call the Sheriff’s Office immediately,” YCSO spokesperson Dwight D’Evelyn said. “If you see any of the suspects, call 911.”
The motive for the shooting has not been disclosed.
It’s an understatement to say that Holgate and her neighbors were surprised when this all occurred. A shooting in such a public area at such an active time of the day is not commonplace in the Quad-city area.
“This just doesn’t happen here,” Holgate said. “I’m not used to hearing gun shots, except for maybe on 4th of July.”
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