Teen faces first-degree murder after deadly family fight

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 6:25 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 15 at 5:59 PM

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PHOENIX – A family fight in North Phoenix ended with gunfire that left one person dead, another in critical condition, and a 18-year-old in police custody.

It happened just before 10:30 p.m. Monday at an apartment complex near 12th Street and Bell Road.

Investigators are still trying to piece together the events leading up to the shooting, but they believe it started with a family gathering, reportedly a barbecue and a card game.

At some point, an argument ensued. Police said the fight initially was between a Kevin Anderson, 18, and his step-father, but by the end of it, three people had been shot.

During the argument, Anderson pulled a gun and allegedly shot his step-father. The two other victims and Anderson's mother ran outside to get away.

According to Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department, Anderson, who was visiting from Detroit, followed everyone out, threatening to shoot them.

As Anderson took aim at his mother, a family friend pushed her out of the way, Martos said. The mother was not injured, but the friend, a 40-year-old man, was wounded in the arm. He is expected to recover.

Martos said Anderson then shot another friend who later died at a local hospital. Police have identified that woman as Linda Whiting, 50.

Anderson fled the scene in his step-father's car. Police set up a perimeter and conducted an extensive search, but turned up nothing. Anderson returned to the scene about three hours later and was taken into custody without incident, Martos said.

Anderson's step-father, whose name has not bee released, remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

Anderson has been booked into Maricopa County Jail. He is charged with one count of first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault.

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