1 Shot to death, 1 beaten during fight at South Phoenix bar

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PHOENIX -- One man is dead and another was beaten when a fight at a South Phoenix bar led to a shooting overnight. The suspect is still on the loose.

Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson has identified the man who was killed as Steven Carrillo, 21.

Phoenix police said it all started when a fight broke out at the Silver Pony Country Bar at about 1:45 a.m. Friday. The Silver Pony is a popular neighborhood spot on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Dobbins Road.

That fight involved several people and spilled out into the parking lot.

At some point during the fight, somebody pulled out a gun and fired. Detectives were not sure of the circumstances or what sparked the initial fight, but they said Carrillo, who had been shot in the chest, was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Several people followed the ambulance to the hospital and officers were called upon for crowd control. It’s not clear what relationship those people might have had with Carrillo.

A second man who was beaten suffered severe head injuries. He also was taken to a local hospital. Police said the 27-year-old is expected to survive.

Because all of this happened just before the bar closed, it’s not clear how many people were present when the fight first broke out.

"That's when everyone is leaving," Thompson said. "Everyone is converging on the parking lot. It is a chaotic scene."

When officers arrived on the scene, they had to first determine exactly who was involved in the incident and how.

"That can be manpower intensive as we try to secure that scene just to find out what transpired," Thompson explained.

Investigators believe most of the people involved in the original fight fled the scene.

Several hours later, police were still interviewing witnesses as they try to piece together what led to the fight and subsequent deadly shooting.

According to Thompson, the suspect is described as a heavyset, bald Hispanic male between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was wearing a light T-shirt and dark pants. Thompson said investigators believe the suspect left the scene in a light-colored SUV, probably an Expedition with 22-inch wheels.

"We want to talk to him, find out his side of the story and what took place," Thompson said.

Investigators are asking anyone with information concerning this incident or knows the suspects to call the Phoenix Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.