Drive-by shooting leaves bicyclist dead; suspect arrested

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Maurilio Luque-Garcia By Jennifer Thomas Maurilio Luque-Garcia By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Phoenix Police have made an arrest in the killing of a man who was shot to death while riding his bicycle.

It happened in the early hours of June 27. Police say the victim, 51-year-old Arnold Hamel, had been riding his bicycle near 17th Avenue north of Hatcher, when someone fired multiple shots at him from a slow-moving pickup truck, then drove away.

When officers responded to the scene, they found Hamel lying in the roadway, suffering from apparent gunshot injuries. Paramedics immediately transported Hamel to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Based on information gathered from the scene, police say 17-year-old Maurilio Luque-Garcia was identified as a suspect in the homicide, and was quickly detained by detectives.

Further investigation revealed the suspect may have previously been involved in some form of brief argument with the victim, which may have been the cause of the shooting.

According to police, Luque-Garcia admitted to the shooting and was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center for 1st degree murder and misconduct involving a weapon. He is also currently on probation for a previous felony conviction .