Domestic violence situation ends in deadly shooting; suspect at large

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX – One person is dead and the man who shot him is on the loose.

It happened at about 3 a.m. at an apartment complex in the area of 32nd and Glendale avenues.

According to police, the suspect and the victim knew each other.

While police have not pieced together all of the details yet, they know that this started as a domestic violence situation and that the pair got into some kind of argument or fight that ended in gunfire.

According to detectives, the suspect forced his way into the apartment and assaulted his ex-girlfriend. He then shot a man who was in an upstairs bedroom. According to Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department, the suspect believed the victim was in a relationship with his ex-girlfriend.

The victim was in critical condition when he was rushed to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries.

As the shooter ran away, a third man fired at him. Police have detained that man, who is a resident of the apartment complex and heard the initial shots. Detectives are talking to him about the incident. It's not clear if he knows either of the men involved in the original altercation.

At this point, detectives are not releasing much information about either the victim or the suspect other than to say that the victim is a white man and the shooter a black man.

Police have searched both the apartment complex and the surrounding neighborhood but they have not found the suspect.

Neighbors said the gunfire took place both inside and outside the apartment. The residents there were having a pool party because they were moving out, according to neighbors. That party later moved inside.

At this point, it’s not clear exactly how many shots were fired, but one neighbor told 3TV’s Ryan O’Donnell that she heard several and saw the suspect.

“We came outside … and we heard some shots fired,” Ana Dewees said. “We then saw an African American running; he was just running north. We heard a few more shots fired and that’s when … we had to run inside. That’s when we called 911.”

Police believe the suspect is a driving a late 1980s white Ford Ranger pickup truck. They have not released any other information about that vehicle or the suspect.

If you know anything about this incident, police ask that you call them at 602-262-6151.