MARICOPA — A man arrested for shooting two teens in Maricopa allegedly was motivated by vengeance over an earlier accusation.
On Wednesday, Kalib Rogers was arrested on West O’Neil Drive in Casa Grande for first-degree attempted homicide, second-degree attempted homicide, drive-by shooting, discharging a firearm at a structure, endangerment and criminal damage.
On Monday night, the Maricopa Police Department arrived at West Ed Green Lane in reference to a drive-by shooting.
There was a bullet hole in the front of the residence occupied by two people and another bullet hole on the east side of the residence next door occupied by 10 people. A third bullet hole was located in the front bumper of a vehicle parked on the side of the street just east of the shooting location.
One of the victims was shot in the right shoulder and pinky finger and released from a hospital. The second victim was shot in the abdomen and in critical condition at the time of the report.
Officers found six used 9mm cartridge casings in the roadway and one 9mm bullet with no casing on the scene.
Many witnesses and victims described the suspect vehicle as a dark-colored, four-door sedan. Video surveillance in the area showed the vehicle matching the given description.
Officers learned during the initial investigation that two other family members were with the gunshot victims at the time of the shooting and unharmed. These people were interviewed.
Detectives learned during the interviews with the victims that there was a recent feud between a person and an ex-girlfriend. The ex-girlfriend said that on Nov. 12, the person sexually assaulted her and since then the ex-girlfriend threatened to kill the person.
They also learned during the interviews that earlier on Tuesday the person stated he was threatened with a gun by somebody who knew the ex-girlfriend near his residence while walking to school. MPD found that the person making the threat was Rogers.
Detectives learned from the victims that the person told them Rogers threatened him with a gun and asked for someone or something. The three victims recounted before the shooting the suspect stopped in front of the residence they were standing outside of and asked them which one was the person.
The victims lied to the shooter before the vehicle drove away and shots were fired. They weren’t able to identify the shooter.
A detective and an officer conducted an interview Tuesday with the victim at Chandler Regional Medical Center. The victim wasn’t able to speak but used a white board and marker to communicate.
He wrote that Rogers was the one who shot him. He didn’t know the suspect’s name but was shown a photo lineup one at a time, including Rogers.
At first, he nodded his head to a photo that wasn’t of Rogers. Once he saw Rogers’ photo, he “sat up abruptly” and “opened his eyes wide,” according to the police report.
He nodded his head up and down and pointed at the photo multiple times. He wrote on the white board that he was 100% positive it was Rogers who shot him and signed his name next to the picture to verify the information.
MPD detectives used law enforcement databases to find a residence for Rogers, which was in Casa Grande. Detectives with the Arizona State Gang Task Force did surveillance at Rogers’ residence and found him there on Tuesday.
Detectives also saw a dark blue Nissan Altima matching the suspect vehicle in the parking lot of the complex registered to Enterprise rentals. They contacted Enterprise and were told the vehicle was registered to Rogers.
On Wednesday, members of the MPD Criminal Investigations Unit served a search warrant at Rogers’ apartment and Rogers was taken into custody.
During the search, they found one 9mm gun, one Springfield 9mm magazine and a Springfield Armory gun box.
The vehicle Rogers rented was taken from the parking lot and impounded at MPD as evidence.
There wasn’t an interview conducted with Rogers after he invoked his right to remain silent.