Shooting at Tempe apartment complex wounds twoPosted: Updated:
UPDATE -- Friday, July 10:
TEMPE -- The Tempe Police Department located the outstanding suspects Thursday evening.
Parrish Bayless, 20, and Salvatore Mendoza, 20, were arrested and are each being charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery, and one count of misconduct involving weapons for their involvement.
The following is a press release from the Tempe Police Department:
TEMPE -- On July 8, 2009 at approximately 9:09 PM, Tempe Police Officers responded to several calls of shots fired from Mission Springs Apartments located at 1311 W. Baseline, Tempe. Upon arrival at the complex officers found 2 subjects to have gunshot wounds.
2 wounded in shooting at Tempe apartment complex - Two people are in the hospital after a shooting at a Tempe apartment complex.
One of the wounded subjects (Ruben Vierra, 23) was located at the north end of the complex, attempting to leave, and the other wounded subject (Charles Johnson, 21) was found in the interior of the complex. Investigation revealed the following.
Charles Johnson and a friend, who was identified as Tony Yanez, 19, were inside Johnson's apartment when an acquaintance named Ruben Vierra knocked at the door. When Johnson answered the door, Vierra burst in and pointed a handgun at the two victims and ordered them to the floor.
At first the victims thought it was a joke until two unidentified suspects armed with guns followed Vierra into the apt making the same demands.
After being confronted by the suspects the victims started to comply and get down on the floor. At one point Johnson made an attempt to make his way to the door. While doing so, he was shot in the leg by one of the unidentified suspects. Johnson only made it a few feet out the door before he could no longer move.
Johnson could then see that the two unidentified suspects were now fleeing from the apartment on foot. Johnson could also see that Vierra was still inside the apartment kicking Yanez who was on the floor.
Johnson said that Vierra then exited the apartment, still armed with a handgun, and walked toward where he was lying on the ground. Vierra stood over Johnson and pointed his gun at his head. Johnson fearing for his life covered his head and face with his arms. Vierra fired a shot at Johnson, which struck him the forearm area. Johnson informed officers that Vierra stopped shooting at him when he was shot from behind by Yanez who had exited the apartment with his own gun to protect Johnson. Vierra attempted to leave the complex, but was contacted by arriving officers prior to leaving the scene.
Vierra was placed under arrest and charged with one count of attempted murder, one count of armed robbery, and one count of aggravated assault. Investigation is continuing to locate and identify the two suspects that arrived at the complex with Vierra.
The outstanding suspects were described as a heavy set black male 6'0"/240 lbs and a Hispanic male with a thin build. Anyone with any information is encouraged to call the Tempe Police Department at 480-350-8311.