Man arrested in shooting death of teen in west Phoenix

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Antonio Conrado Libert By Christina O'Haver Antonio Conrado Libert By Christina O'Haver
Antonio Conrado Libert By Christina O'Haver Antonio Conrado Libert By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Police have arrested a man in the fatal shooting of a teen who was walking with friends in west Phoenix Sunday night.

Antonio Conrado Libert, 23, and another person allegedly shot at 17-year-old Christopher Garcia and four others who were walking north on 67th Avenue west of Van Buren Street.

According to court documents, Garcia and his friends got into an argument around 9:30 p.m. with at least two male occupants of a blue Dodge pickup truck in a nearby McDonald's parking lot.

The groups separated after the confrontation, but the same pickup truck reportedly pulled up next to Garcia and his friends around 10 p.m.

Court documents say Libert, armed with an assault rifle, and another person, armed with a 9mm handgun, got out of the truck and confronted the group.

Multiple shots were fired, and Garcia and one of the occupants of the truck were hit.

Garcia was pronounced dead at a hospital. The other person had a gunshot wound on his leg.

Shortly after being called to the shooting, police located a burning vehicle matching the description of the pickup truck near 32nd Avenue and Coronado Road, which is just north of McDowell Road.

The registered owner reportedly claimed the truck had been stolen during an armed robbery, but investigators believe the truck owner was involved in the confrontation.

Libert was allegedy called to McDonald's after the argument to help the truck occupants find the group from the argument.

Court documents say surveillance video from the fast-food restaurant is consistent with information that a dark-colored convertible Mustang met up with the pickup truck prior to the shooting.

Police reportedly found a similar vehicle at Libert's workplace near 15th Avenue and Hatcher Road. He reportedly admitted to owning the Mustang but denied involvement in the homicide.

According to the documents, one of the shooters was described as having numerous tattoos on his arms and upper body. Libert has tattoos on his arms, chest and back.

Libert was arrested Tuesday and has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of weapons misconduct and four counts of aggravated assault -- all felonies.

Phoenix police say they are still looking for the other shooter.

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