Woman, two kids in next room during murder of Mesa man

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MESA, Ariz. --One man is dead, the suspect still on the loose and a woman and two children were in the next room of their Mesa home when the homicide occurred. 

Police responded to a small apartment building near Center Street and Brown Road around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

They found a deceased male, age 28, inside an apartment in the complex.

The only details Mesa police are releasing was that it was an obvious homicide. Police wouldn't provide details into how the victim was killed.

What made the scene even more horrifying for investigators was the idea there could have been more victims as three other people were just feet away from where the murder took place.

"We do believe there was a female inside the apartment as well as her children they both were able to escape unharmed," said Sgt. Ed Wessing with Mesa police.

The victim was the woman's roommate.

Officers say the crime was not random, the victim invited the suspect over to the apartment, but the nature of their relationship is unknown.

Neither the victim or the suspect's identity has been released, although police say they know who they are looking for.