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Sidney Garfield Garrand: How Arizona man charged in road-rage shooting that killed 8-year-old girl

Sidney Garfield Garrand: How Arizona man charged in road-rage shooting that killed 8-year-old girl

An Arizona man has been charged with murder in connection with a road rage shooting that killed an 8-year-old girl in the back seat of her father’s car.

Sidney Garfield Garrand, 48, faces multiple felony counts, including second-degree murder, attempt to commit murder, endangerment and illegally firing a gun in city limits, AZFamily reported.

Sidney Garfield Garrand: How Arizona man charged in road-rage shooting that killed 8-year-old girl
Cassidy Moreno, 8, was struck by a bullet as she sat in the car with her two sisters.

Cassidy Moreno was critically injured and later died after being struck during a confrontation between Garrand and her father on Oct. 27 near 16th Street and Greenway Parkway in Phoenix, according to officials.

Her father told investigators that the incident began at a stop sign after he picked up his daughters from school, the news outlet reported, citing court documents.

Garrand apparently became irritated when Cassidy’s father turned left in front of him to head down 16th Street, so he turned his Jeep around and followed the car, which was also carrying Cassidy’s mother and two sisters, according to the documents.

When they arrived at the Greenway intersection, Garrand pulled up behind the car at a red light, got out of his Jeep, and allegedly punched Cassidy’s father through his open window, according to the report.

Sidney Garfield Garrand: How Arizona man charged in road-rage shooting that killed 8-year-old girl
Sidney Garfield Garrand, 48, is charged with second-degree murder, attempted murder, endangerment, and illegally firing a gun within city limits.

The father then exited his vehicle and “began swinging” a folding knife at Garrand, AZFamily reported, citing the documents.

According to authorities and witnesses, Garrand, who was injured near the neck, managed to grab a hold of the father’s neck during the violent altercation.

The father then jumped back into his vehicle and sped away as Garrand retrieved a handgun from his Jeep and fired several rounds, according to officials.

Cassidy’s mother then noticed that the girl had been shot and was bleeding in the back seat. She was rushed to a hospital in critical condition, where she died, according to AZFamily.

Her father suffered severe cuts to his fingers during the incident, which also left Garrand hospitalized with multiple injuries to his neck, shoulder, and chest, according to the outlet.

Sidney Garfield Garrand: How Arizona man charged in road-rage shooting that killed 8-year-old girl

Cassiy’s aunt, Thalia Vargas. remembered the tragic girl as full of life, outgoing and sweet.

“We want to make sure that people are aware that this is a person. This wasn’t just an 8-year-old little girl that was just a victim. She was someone’s niece, someone’s daughter, someone’s granddaughter, someone’s sister,” Vargas told 12News.

She said Cassidy was a caring girl who enjoyed making TikTok videos.

“It makes me happy to know that she was happy. You know, she’s she had a good childhood. That was all she was given was a childhood,” Vargas told the outlet.

Cassidy Moreno, who died in a road-rage shooting
Cassidy Moreno, who died in a road-rage shooting

“Things shouldn’t have escalated on either end. However, an innocent life should not be taken over an inconvenience or misunderstanding,” she added.

Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell said “senseless violence is unacceptable,” AZFamily reported.

“An innocent child was killed and no matter what is happening on the road, violence is never the answer,” she said.

Garrand, who has been indicted by a grand jury, is being held in a Maricopa County Jail with a $500,000 cash-only bond.

source:summarybio.com