Body found at Phoenix convenience store; two suspects in custody

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

PHOENIX -- Police say the body of a man was found in the area of 35th Avenue and Portland Street overnight.

Investigators said they were called out to a convenience store in that area at about midnight. The wounded victim, now identified as Moises Gomez, apparently made his way to that store. That's where he collapsed and died.

Later Wednesday after police arrested two suspect, Miguel Guzman-Ortega, 24 and Javier Ruiz Robledo, 44.

Sgt. Trent Crump said investigators served a search warrant at a nearby auto-body paint shop, believing that might have been the scene of the homicide.

"We believe the victim at the time that he was shot was actually on the phone with a friend of his. So that is providing us with some information," Crump said.

It's that person who actually was the one who found Gomez's body.

It's not clear how many people Gomez, 30, might have encountered between the alleged crime scene and the convenience mart.

Investigators talked to people who live in the area. Some neighbors did report hearing a gunshot late Tuesday night.

Crump said several people who were in the building believed to be the scene of the shooting have been detained. Those people were there when officers arrived and were considered investigative leads.

SWAT officers in full tactical gear were on the scene shortly after the initial shots-fired call was dispatched. While those officers have left, the investigation is still very active.

"The tactical teams were making sure there weren't any outstanding suspects," Crump explained.

Police believe the motive for the shooting appears to have been a verbal dispute which escalated into the shooting.

Guzman-Ortega is believed to be the one who pulled the trigger and facing second degree murder charges. Robledo faces assault charges.

Alcohol also appears to have factored into the homicide.