Ongoing fight ends in double shooting; suspect in jail

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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 -- Two people are recovering from gunshot wounds and a young man is in jail after an ongoing dispute led to a shooting Monday afternoon.

Police say Jaime Richard Villanueva, 20, is facing two counts of aggravated assault after allegedly shooting a man and a woman.

Officers responded to a shooting call in the neighborhood northwest of Seventh and Southern avenues shortly after 12:30 p.m. Monday. When they arrived on the scene, they found the victims, a 44-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman, in a car. Both had been shot -- he in the upper body, she in the torso. Both were taken to a local hospital and are expected to recover.

A witness who claimed to known the male victim and the suspect, Villanueva, approached officers at the scene and told them he saw everything and even chased Villanueva's car right after the shooting.

According to the witness, Villanueva and the male victim were involved in an ongoing dispute. The witness said he saw Villanueva's car chasing the victim's car in the area of 13th and Southern avenues.

Officer James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Department said the witness told officers that he followed the two cars north on 13th Avenue to Pecan Road. He said that's where Villanueva pulled a gun and fired at the victim's car. Villanueva then fled the scene, according to the witness' statement.

The witness said he went after Villanueva, but quickly lost sight of his car.

Police located Villanueva in the area of 23rd and Southern avenues, about 1.3 miles from the shooting scene. After a short foot chase, officers arrested Villanueva.

While Investigators have confirmed that Villanueva and the victim were involved in an ongoing dispute, they have not pieced together the details of that conflict. They also have not determined the relationship between the two victims.