Man shot, killed while on his way to work; suspect on the loose

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Police are searching for the person who shot and killed a man on a bike Monday night.

Officers on patrol in the area of 107th Avenue south of Lower Buckeye Road spotted the victim, now identified as Michael Harty, as he fell of his bike shortly before 9 p.m.

As the officers approached Harty, they saw that he had been shot.

According to Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos, Harty, 26, told the officers he was on his way to work when a Hispanic man in his early 20s approached him and shot him.

Harty, an Arizona native who was from Scottsdale and lived in Queen Creek, was taken to a local hospital, but doctors were not able to save his life.

Harty leaves behind four young children -- two daughters and two sons.

Investigators have very little to go on and no other description of the suspect at this point, but they believe robbery was the likely motive for the deadly shooting.

Anyone with information on who shot and killed Harty is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377), 1-800-343-TIPS (8477) or 480-TESTIGO (837-8446). You also can call the Phoenix Police Department's Violent Crime Bureau at 602-262-6141.

Harty's family has set up an account at Wells Fargo to help with funeral expenses. The account is in the name of Nicholas Ferraro, Hurty's younger brother. The account number is 6658058372.