Man shot to death in Phoenix apartment

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PHOENIX – Police in Phoenix are investigating the shooting death of a 21-year-old man.

Gunfire was reported at an apartment complex in the area of 12th Street and Campbell Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. Monday. When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered a Hispanic man who had been shot. The victim was taken to a local hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

According to Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department, the victim, whose name has not been released, had recently arrived from Mexico. He was visiting the two Hispanic males who live at the apartment where the shooting took place.

Police said those two men were outside at the time of the shooting. They told investigators they heard a gunshot and went inside and found the victim had been wounded. The men then called the police.

The victim was shot in the torso during an altercation, according to police spokesman Lt. Mike Rivera.

Martos said the two men are working with detectives to try and identify the suspect in the shooting. Police believe that suspect is a 17- or 18-year-old Hispanic male. Investigators have not yet determined a motive for the shooting, but Rivera said the suspect and victim knew each other.

Investigators have not yet located the victim’s family, which is why they cannot release his name or any other information about him.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6141. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. Spanish speakers may call 480-TESTIGO.