UPDATE: Woman helps nab double murder supspect

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Police make arrest in double murder case
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UPDATE FEB. 6:

PHOENIX -- The suspect has been identified as Jessie Salazar, 33.

Salazar has been booked on multiple felony charges, including two counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault.

UPDATE FEB. 5:

PHOENIX - Police made an arrest Thursday night in a double-murder investigation.

The suspect is accused of killing two men in north Phoenix.

An afternoon chase began as police followed the suspect to an apartment complex and the suspect broke into one apartment.

There was no hostage situation, thanks in part to one very brave woman.

The suspect broke into the apartment belonging to a woman named Cami.

Too shaken up to speak, her boyfriend proudly explained what happened.

"When she opened the door some guy pulled her inside," Richard Gamarano said.

Officers say the suspect needed a place to hide and change his clothes, and randomly chose Cami's apartment.

"He was inside saying, 'They're going to kill me; can I get out the back?" Gamarano said.

It had the makings of a hostage situation, but never got there.

Cami convinced the suspect to get out of her apartment and surrender.

It is unclear how Cami convinced the suspect to give up peacefully, but whatever she said, it worked.

"If you knew Cami, you'd understand," Gamarano said. "She did a good job."

Police have not yet released the identity of the suspect.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

PHOENIX -- A manhunt is on for the suspect in the shooting deaths of two men in North Phoenix.

It started just before 9:00 Wednesday night with a shots fired call that took police to the Hidden Manor apartment complex in the area of 28th Street and Greenway.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found a 51-year-old man dead inside one of the units. Police have identified that man as Russell McCarthy.

While officers were on the scene at the apartment complex, they received a call about another shooting victim at Paradise Valley Hospital. While Donald Luby, 43, was pronounced dead at the hospital, investigators determined that he and McCarthy were together at the apartment at the time of the shooting.

Police said Luby's father told them he was picking up his son and was in the parking lot when he heard gunshots. He said Luby ran to the car and said he'd been shot. Luby's father immediately took his son to Paradise Valley Hospital.

Investigators are not sure if either McCarthy or Luby kew the shooter.

Information about the suspect is still vague. That person is being described as a white male of unknown age. He's about 5 feet 7 inches tall, has a medium build and was wearing dark clothing. At this point, the suspect is still on the loose.

Police aren't releasing much in the way of details, but they said they do have some leads in the case. While they are not sure what led up to the shooting, they do know that it happened inside McCarthy's apartment.

With more questions than answers right now, police would like to talk to anybody who might know something about the deadly shooting. If you have information that might help the police, call Crime Stop at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.