If Drive-Bys Are Happening In Oro Valley, We're Not Safe Anywhere

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Angry words while driving led to shots being fired Thursday night, resulting in the first homicide this year in Oro Valley.

Joshua Switalski, 22, was shot near First Avenue and Oracle Road about 8 p.m. Thursday following what OV police are describing as in-motion argument that became a drive-by-shooting.

A news release indicates Switalski was driving north on Oracle toward First and at the same time was in a shouting match with a man in a pick-up truck also going north. Not long after, someone in the pickup — police say there were two occupants — pulled out a gun and shot at Switalski's car, causing Switalski to veer off the road into the emergency lane.

He was taken to a local hospital by paramedics, where he died. The pickup truck was pulled over by Oro Valley police not long after the incident and both occupants were detained. Eventually they arrested 21-year-old David Arnoldo Mota and booked him into the Pima County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The homicide is only the third in Oro Valley since the start of 2012, department spokeswoman Lt. Kara Riley said. In November police say a woman shot her husband (though she claimed he'd committed suicide) then disappeared, only to be found dead on Mount Lemmon six days later after an apparent suicide; and 21-year-old Donna Rose Smith is awaiting trial on charges she overdosed her 18-month-old son in February 2012.

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