Suspect in early morning shooting identified

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Police have caught the suspect in an early morning shooting on a Light Rail platform in downtown Tempe early Tuesday morning. 

It happened at about 3 a.m. near Third Street and Mill Avenue.  Police brought in K9 units to try and track the suspect.

Police have identified the suspect as David McKenzie.

At one point, police vehicles were driving around the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods. Officers were making announcements, warning folks to stay inside their homes. 

This is a highly populated area with Arizona State University just a block away. People who live in the area bordered by University Drive and Rio Salado Parkway on the north and south to Ash Avenue and Packard Drive on the east and west were told to stay indoors. 

While there are no restrictions at this point, police were warning residents to be extra vigilant.

Police later focused their search for McKenzie on A Mountain (Hayden Butte). Sgt. Steve Carbajal said officers were checking both the parking garage at the base of the mountain, as well as the mountain itself.

"We're just trying to do everything we can to keep the area safe," Carbajal said.

The search was concentrated in the Hayden Butte area, but officers are maintained a visible presence in the surrounding neighborhoods.

"We never want to limit ourselves to a specific area," Carbajal said.

McKenzie was found nearly four hours after the shooting. He was hiding behind an apartment complex at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue, and was taken into custody without incident. Investigators said he was carrying the gun they believe was used in the shooting.

Carbajal said it's believed that both McKenzie and the victim are transients, but no other details were immediately available.

The victim, who was wounded in the leg, is expected to survive his injuries. Police do not know what led to the shooting.

Carbajal said McKenzie will be booked into Tempe City Jail on a charge of aggravated assault and a weapons violation.

The investigation is ongoing.