Deadly shooting in Phoenix Home Depot parking lotPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Police are investigating a deadly shooting which occurred in a busy parking lot of a west Phoenix Home Depot.
Officers received several calls about shots fired from the parking lot near 99th Avenue and Camelback around 3 p.m. Monday.
Detectives are still trying to piece together what led up to the shooting. The parking lot remained taped off as of 10 p.m.
According to police, there were two men, ages 20 and 21, in the parking lot trying to complete a sales transaction that began on an unspecified website. Police also wouldn't comment on what was being sold but said nothing illegal.
"They were here to meet someone for that sale when they were approached by an individual who began asking for a name they did not know," said Sgt. Trent Crump.
Crump said that led to an altercation and the man, identified as Adrian Ayiers, 35, allegedly pulled out a gun to rob the two men. One of the victims also pulled out a gun and shot Ayiers. Ayiers later died at a local hospital.
"When I arrived here, shots were fired," a witness told 3TV. He declined to be identified but said he heard four shots and took cover.
"I ducked behind my truck and hid from it until they disappeared, and I ran into the store."
Police say given the time of day, it's fortunate no one else was hurt in the shooting.
Ayiers' family showed up to the scene Monday night looking for information about what occurred.
"(He) is a family man," said the victim's sister-in-law Sonya Hendricks. "His kids are mourning him. We don't understand what happened."
Hendricks told 3TV her brother-in-law leaves behind four children, a grieving wife and large extended family.
"We're just trying to understand what happened and give his kids some answers," Hendricks said.
The victims were interviewed and released. The investigation is ongoing.