Two men arrested in May road-rage shooting that injured toddler, one still sought

Evidence markers at the scene of a shooting between two vehicles that injured a toddler in her home. (KTUU)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Two men have been arrested for their involvement in a road-rage shooting between moving vehicles in May. A bullet from the shootout went through the wall of an apartment building and struck a 2-year-old girl, shattering her shoulder blade.

The shootout happened in Fairview on May 21, 2018, between a red Dodge Ram pickup and a silver Toyota Camry. Police say the road-rage incident escalated into a high-speed chase and gunfire near 12th Ave. and Hyder St.

Now, two men are in jail for their involvement, and a third man is believed to have fled the country.

The criminal complaint filed in court says one of the passengers in the Camry allegedly gave the driver of the truck a "thumbs down" and told the driver that his truck was too loud. After some conversation going down the road, the driver of the truck, now identified as 26-year-old David Freeman, fired at the sedan, the sedan driver, Argenis Guzman, also 26, told police.

The vehicles then began chasing each other, and a passenger in the Camry, identified as 23-year-old Rodger Brito, fired several rounds at the truck while they were chasing it on Hyder and 12th Ave. Police believe rounds from Brito's gun are what struck the girl in her home.

Officers found and pulled over Freeman in his truck a short time later, with a box of 9mm ammunition clearly visible in the center console. Less than three hours after the shooting, Guzman reported it as stolen. The Camry was found just over a week later on May 29 on North Eagle River Loop Road, with extensive damage to its interior and exterior.

Cell phone data put Guzman's cell phone at the location of the dumped car just before he reported it as stolen.

Freeman, Guzman and Brito all face charges of first-degree assault, third-degree assault, misconduct involving a weapon I, II and IV, and reckless endangerment. Guzman and Brito also face a charge of tampering with evidence. Freeman and Guzman have both been arrested and arraigned.

Prosecutor Kevin Bergt says Brito is believed to be in the Dominican Republic, and a warrant is out for his arrest. "Law enforcement is actively searching for him," Bergt said.

Bergt said the girl is expected to recover, but may not regain full use and mobility of her arm.



 
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