Manhunt on for three suspects in deadly shooting; stolen SUV recovered

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 21 at 2:41 PM

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PHOENIX -- A Phoenix man is dead and the three men who shot him are on the loose.

It happened just after midnight Friday in the driveway of a home in the neighborhood of 36th Avenue and Encanto Boulevard.

Police have identified the victim as Arnold Monroy.

According to Sgt. Tommy Thompson, Monroy was picking up a friend when he was confronted by three armed men.

Those men ordered Monroy and his nephews -- ages 20 and 22 -- out of his white Cadillac Escalade. Thompson said one of the suspects spoke with Monroy just before the shooting.

Monroy died at a local hospital. Neither one of his nephews was injured.

The three suspects jumped into the Escalade and fled the scene. Police spent the morning searching for that Escalade.

Thompson said shortly after noon that the vehicle had been recovered just a few blocks from the shooting scene.

"There is no further information at this time," he said in an email to media outlets.

The suspects are believed to be Hispanic men between the ages of 18 and 25.

The first is 6 feet tall, weighs about 230 pounds and was wearing a black short-sleeve T-shirt and long shorts.

The second is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs about 215 pounds and was wearing a red short-sleeve T-shirt and white gym shorts.

The third is also 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs about 250 pounds and was wearing a dark short-sleeve shirt.

It's not clear which of the three was the gunman or if all of the fired, but video from the scene showed more than a dozen evidence markers on the ground.

The suspects are to be considered armed and dangerous. Police say they had several weapons, possibly even and assault rifle.

At this point, detectives have not said anything about a motive for the shooting, nor have they said anything about the possible connection between Monroy and the suspects.

According to one of Monroy's sisters, who talked to 3TV's Ryan O'Donnell but declined to go on camera, the home where all of this happened belongs to their other sister.

If you have any information about Friday morning's shooting, call either the Phoenix Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377), 1-800-343-TIPS (8477) or 480-TESTIGO (837-8446).

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