Pair sought in robbery try, shooting - East Valley Tribune: Mesa

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Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2006 7:02 am | Updated: 2:13 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The shooting of an armored van driver has police looking for two men who made an unsuccessful attempt to rob a check-cashing worker Friday afternoon in Mesa.

About 2 p.m., the 34-year-old driver was sitting in the Ford van in a business district near the 1600 block of South Solomon cashing checks for job site employees, said Mesa police spokesman Sgt. Chuck Trapani.

As the driver was wrapping things up, two men wearing fluorescent green shirts approached the driver’s side door and tried to pull him out of the vehicle, Trapani said.

One shot was fired into the open door and hit the driver, Trapani said. A second shot hit the windshield and appears to have ricocheted before shattering the driver’s side mirror.

The two men then fled in a black Chevy stepside pickup truck, but the driver of the van wasn’t far behind.

While chasing the truck, he called police. “He was on the phone, giving us a play by play,” Trapani said.

The pursuit took the driver west to Horne, then north to Southern Avenue where the vehicles traveled east before the van driver lost them, Trapani said.

The pickup, which could have rear-end damage, was last seen heading south on Stapley Drive near Southern.

The van came to a stop on South Spur in the 1400 block of East Southern.

The wounded driver was flown to a local hospital. Trapani did not say where the driver was shot, but said the injuries were not life-threatening.

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