Police say an argument over a parking space led to the killing of Tyler Wilson, 31, Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Glendale’s Westgate Entertainment District.
Wilson, a welder and mechanic at Avondale’s Purgatory Industries, was on his way to a hot rod show.
According to Jay O’Neill of the Glendale Police Department, Wilson, an Avondale resident, was a passenger in a vehicle when he was involved in a verbal altercation over a parking space with the driver of a silver four-door sedan.
“The suspect vehicle pulled ahead of Wilson’s vehicle and Wilson exited his vehicle, where the argument escalated. The driver of the silver sedan fired multiple shots at Wilson and then fled,” said O’Neill.
The shooting happened at 7:10 p.m. in a Westgate parking lot.
Wilson was found by emergency responders suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. “Glendale Police and Fire attempted life-saving measures and Wilson was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased,” O’Neill said.
He said the suspect fled and was last seen traveling south on 91st Avenue.
“Glendale Police Homicide Detectives are investigating this incident and are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect and vehicle involved in this homicide,” O’Neill said.
Police released photos taken from surveillance video of the vehicle driven by the suspect, a newer model, silver four-door sedan.
“The driver, who is considered armed and dangerous, is described as a Hispanic male, 25 to 35 years old, with spiky dark hair, who was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt or jacket,” O’Neill said.
He asked anyone with information regarding the incident or who can identify the suspect or vehicle to call the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO.
According to Tyler Wilson’s Facebook page, he worked at Purgatory Industries since Sept. 25. His list of previous employment included working as a cook at the Tilted Kilt and Nook Kitchen.
Classic cars and hot rods were clearly his passion. His profile shows him working on a car engine. Many other posts show well-maintained, vintage vehicles.
His last post, a few days before he died, had the text, “Me seeing an old truck sitting in a field” - with an emoji of Vince Vaughan grinning and clapping.
The shooting took place outside the first Hot Rod Night of the season at Westgate. The car shows are held there every Wednesday through May 6.
O’Neill said Mondahy there were no updates on the Wilson killing.
Purgatory Industries posted news of Wilson’s death and the police photo of the suspect vehicle, urging people to help the police.
Scores expressed shock and grief.
“We have known Tyler since he was in his young teens,” commented Heather Bishop. “He was a great kid! Big heart.”
“I can’t believe that there are people out there that have no regard for life so they go around and killing innocent people for no reason,” said Ramon Espinoza.
As of Monday, a Gofundme account set up to raise funds for funeral expenses raised more than $6,000, with a goal of $10,000.