Police: 3 in custody in A.J. double murder

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Nikki Small, Timothy Bunting Jr. and Kylan Rubio were arrested in Payson. By Catherine Holland Nikki Small, Timothy Bunting Jr. and Kylan Rubio were arrested in Payson. By Catherine Holland
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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -- Police say three people -- two men and a woman -- are in custody in connection with a double murder in Apache Junction.

Nikki Small, Timothy Bunting Jr. and Kylan Rubio were arrested in Payson.

Capt. Tom Kelly of the Apache Junction Police Department said his officers were assisted by Payson police, the Gila County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Marshalls.

Search warrants were served late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning on the Payson residence where the three were staying, Kelly said.

The victims have been identified as Edward Reagan, 42, and Jamie Mountain, 22.

Original story: Double murder in A.J., police searching for 3 people of interest

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -- Two men were found dead in a motor home in Apache Junction after a late-night shootout, and police do not think it was a random incident.

Crime tape surrounded a normally quiet mobile home park near Superstition Boulevard and Ironwood Drive Tuesday morning.

Investigators say at about 10 p.m. Monday, a woman flagged down a patrol car in the area after hearing numerous shots fired.

Police found two men dead inside a motor home. One was in his 20s; the other was in his 40s. Both men had multiple gunshot wounds.

Detectives also say they found scattered bullet casings, bullet holes in the motor home, and evidence that leads them to believe there was an exchange of shots. One gun believed to be used in the shooting was also found inside the motor home.

The victims were acquaintances of the motor home in which they were found. Although they did not live there, neighbors said they were frequent guests.

"They were friends so it's not uncommon for these people to be there," said Capt. Tom Kelly of the Apache Junction Police Department.

Investigators said the owner of the motor home was not present at the time of the shooting and they do not believe he was involved.

Police are processing evidence. Their search warrant allowing them inside the motor home just before 9 a.m.

They do not believe this was random and say there's reason to think the suspect or suspects and the victims knew each other.

"Whether they're casual acquaintances or otherwise, they definitely knew each other," Kelly said.

Officers are looking for three people of interest, but they have not released any other information at this time.

"We don't know what their role was," Kelly said. "We're not sure if they just happened to be here ... or if they actually played a significant role."

Detectives have not released the victims' names and they do not yet know what led up to the apparent gun battle.

"We've got a lot of work to do yet," Kelly said.

Some neighbors believe there was drug activity in the area. Others were stunned that something like this happened in their community.

"It's honestly really shocking and very frightening," said Amanda Lytle. "I'm astonished."

"It's scary," agreed Kenny Roach. "I don't know why we're living here. It was nice when we bought it in 1986. ... We've been happy. It used to be good."

This is the first murder in Apache Junction so far this year.