Suspect in shooting at Phoenix apartment complex arrested in New Mexico

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Victor Sweeney is a suspect in the shooting of his former girlfriend By Jennifer Thomas Victor Sweeney is a suspect in the shooting of his former girlfriend By Jennifer Thomas

UPDATE -- Jan. 29:

PHOENIX -- A man suspected of shooting his former girlfriend at a Phoenix apartment complex on Wednesday was arrested in Las Vegas, N.M.

Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said Victor Sweeney was found in a motel in Las Vegas, N.M., and his vehicle was found abandoned somewhere in New Mexico.

The victim is expected to survive her injuries.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police officers are searching for a man who is a suspect in the shooting of his ex-girlfriend.

According to Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a 22-year-old woman was shot multiple times at an apartment complex near 16th Street and Highland Avenue shortly before noon on Wednesday. She was found lying outside her car, which was stopped in the courtyard in front of the office to the complex.

The woman was seriously injured and taken to a local hospital where she is listed in critical condition.

Police believe the shooter was her former boyfriend, Victor Sweeney, 32. Sweeney was seen fleeing from the scene and is being sought for questioning.

Thompson said the suspect fled from the scene and might be driving a tan 1999 4-door Lexus with license plate AHY2561.

Sweeney is described as a black male, 6 feet 2 inches tall and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a green vest with black long sleeves underneath.

Police do not have a motive for the shooting.

Anyone who has seen the vehicle or has any information is asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.