Police arrest suspect in deadly Phoenix shooting; 2 more sought

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PHOENIX -- A suspect in a deadly shooting was caught Monday morning.

It all started with a shots fired call at an apartment complex at Black Canyon Freeway (Interstate 17) and Orangewood shortly after midnight.

According to Officer Luis Samudio of the Phoenix Police Department, officers arriving on the scene found a man who had been shot to death lying at the front door of an apartment. That man was later identified as Michael Carter, 31. A woman inside was wounded and taken to the hospital. Joanne Deanda's injuries reportedly were serious, but not life threatening. The 51-year-old remains in the hospital.

Samudio said Carter had gotten into an argument with his sister's ex-boyfriend, now identified as Joseph Ochoa. Carter's sister was not home at the time, but that fight escalated, ending in gunfire. Deanda, Carter's mother, was shot as she approached the door during the altercation.

Investigators said Ochoa, 36, left the scene in a red or maroon SUV. He was later arrested.

Investigators are looking for two additional suspects.

One suspect is described as a heavy-set female with dark hair pulled back in a ponytail. She was wearing a horizontal striped shirt.

The other suspect is a male, 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build, dark hair and a small goatee. He has tattoos on his left arm and shoulder. He was wearing jeans and a white tank top.