Phoenix police search for homicide suspect


by Christina O'Haver

Posted on December 21, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 26 at 4:21 PM

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PHOENIX -- Police are searching for the person who shot and killed a man at a Phoenix apartment complex Friday night.

About 10:45 p.m., the Phoenix Police Department responded to a report of a shooting in the complex near 28th Street and Broadway Road.

When police arrived, they found 34-year-old Jerome Armstead in the breezeway of the complex. He was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Armstead was transported to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Neighbors were not surprised by the homicide, saying shootings are common at the apartment complex.

Police had not identified a suspect as of Saturday morning, but witnesses said they saw a man running from the area shortly after shots were fired.

He then got into a car and left the complex, witnesses said. The car is described as a silver or gray Chrysler 300 with stock rims and no window tint.

Witnesses described the suspect as a black man in his 30s, between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall. He appeared to be balding. He was wearing a blue shirt, blue pants and white athletic shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police department's Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. Spanish speakers can call 480-TESTIGO.