A Phoenix man who was out on bail for a drive-by shooting was arrested last week and charged with murder after a fatal shooting that stemmed from a road rage incident.
Terrance Maurice Taylor, 19, was arrested Friday, Sept. 4 for a fatal shooting two days earlier in front of a Lam’s Seafood Market at 67th Avenue and Indian School Road in Phoenix. Police have not released the name of the victim but described him as a Hispanic male. Mr. Taylor is now being held without bail on a charge of first-degree murder.
Mr. Taylor was out on bail but noncompliant with his bail terms at the time of the alleged murder. He had been arrested July 23 of a drive-by shooting, aggravated assault and endangerment. A police report states Mr. Taylor had also been a suspect in a 2017 murder case “where a homeless man was stomped to death while lying on the sidewalk at 7Eleven.”
Police say surveillance footage on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from nearby businesses showed that prior to the killing, the victim had been riding a bicycle eastbound on Indian School Road in the center lane. The suspect’s car began closely following the victim on the bicycle and the two argued while they travelled. The suspect followed the bicycle into the shopping center parking lot, but then pulled into the drive-thru of the One Stop Market to make a purchase while the victim went toward Lam’s.
After making his purchase, video showed the suspect sitting in his car with a handgun on his lap, staring in the suspects direction. He then drove up to the suspect and started a verbal altercation before exiting his car, running up to the suspect and swinging his fists at him. The killing was not caught on camera, but multiple witnesses heard one gunshot and then saw the victim fall to ground before the suspect got in his car and fled.
When they arrived, police said the victim appeared dead with a 9mm gunshot wound to the back of the head and fire paramedics declared him dead when they arrived a few minutes later.
When police arrested Mr. Taylor, they said he initially denied any involvement with the homicide but after being presented with contrary evidence, he admitted to being involved but said the killing was accidental. According to the police report, Mr. Taylor said he was yelling at the victim on Indian School Road to get out of the way and later confronted him in from of Lam’s about why he had refused to get out of the way. Mr. Taylor said the victim challenged him to a fight, which is when he got out of the car with his handgun. He told police he only intended to hit the victim on the head with the handgun but on the third hit, it discharged, which is when he fled. He would tell police what he did with the gun.