A 20-year-old Mesa man drove himself to the hospital late Monday night after being shot in the head by a romantic rival of his cousin, Mesa police said.
Raul Lopez, 19, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault in the 11:15 p.m. shooting.
The victim, whose name was not released, was driving near Broadway Road and Stapley Drive with two friends when he was chased by a car, said Sgt. Ruben Quesada. Later, in the 1100 block of East Main Street, a passenger in the car chasing him later identified as Lopez fired several rounds at the victim’s car, police said.
Bullet fragments from a .40-caliber handgun struck the man in the back of the head, Quesada said.
The victim drove himself to Mesa General Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, Quesada said.
The victim told police he recognized Lopez’s car as it had been at his cousin’s house in the 100 block of North Stapley earlier in the evening, Quesada said.
Lopez had gone to the home to confront the victim’s cousin about dating his former girlfriend, Quesada said.
Other people in Lopez’s car told police Lopez shot the victim, thinking he was the new boyfriend.
Lopez is in Maricopa County’s Madison Street Jail in Phoenix.