Man killed in shooting at Mesa apartment complex

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by 3TV

Video report by Jaime Cerreta

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 10:56 AM

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MESA, Ariz. -- Police said one man is dead after a shooting at a Mesa apartment complex Tuesday afternoon.

It happened at 2:10 p.m. at 35 N. May, which is near Dobson Road and Main Street.

When police arrived they found a male victim lying in the parking lot. Video from Chopper 3 showed a red car with its passenger door open and a body covered in a tarp on the ground nearby.

Police located a 20-year-old Hispanic male suspect, who was taken into custody.

The shooting victim was later pronounced dead. He has been identified as Jonathan Martinez, 22.

Mesa police Sgt. Tony Landato said Martinez and the suspect, who lives at the complex, knew each other and were involved in a dispute. When the suspect arrived home, he was confronted by Martinez.

Landato said the suspect fired at least one shot, hitting Martinez.

During the service of a search warrant, a small-caliber rifle believed to be involved in the shooting was located in an apartment.

Landato said Martinez had an open folding knife on him when he was shot.

Homicide detectives interviewed the suspect and several witnesses.The suspect was released pending further investigation. His name has not been released.

Neighbors said they were startled to hear this happened in broad daylight.

"I heard a boom; it's what I heard," said neighbor Sharon McDermott. "I didn't see anybody getting shot or anything like that. But I did see somebody running out of the apartment complex over there, and he was hollering. "

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