Rash of unrelated shootings leave 3 dead in Phoenix, Glendale

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PHOENIX and GLENDALE, Ariz. – Glendale and Phoenix police are investigating three separate shootings that took place overnight  during the early morning hours.

The first incident happened near 63rd and Maryland avenues in Glendale.  According to Glendale police, their Shot-Spotter system alerted them to gunfire in the area at about 2:15 a.m.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found a man lying in the street. He had been shot and killed. The victim has been identified as Jaime Erives, 27.

The Shot-Spotter is designed to help police triangulate the source of gunfire.

The second incident took place early Sunday morning in downtown Phoenix and involved a police officer.

Investigators said a 23-year-old man exited the PHX nightclub near Second and Washington streets and began waving around a handgun. The man reportedly pointed the gun at a group of police officers who were standing nearby. 

Police said the man was shot and killed after he turned and pointed the handgun at a police officer and failed to obey commands by the officer.

The third incident was an apparent drive-by shooting in the are of 17th Avenue and Van Buren Street.

A 45-year-old man was walking in the area shortly after midnight. A man on a bike shot and killed the man.

According to a female witness, the shooter never said a word.

The suspect is described as an Hispanic male between 25 and 30 years old. He weighs between 125 and 130 pounds, is bald and was wearing oval-shaped eyeglasses.