1 Dead, 1 critically wounded in West Valley double shooting

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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 -- One person is dead, and another is in critical condition after an early morning shooting in West Phoenix.

It happened shortly after midnight in the neighborhood of 35th Avenue and Earll Drive, which is between Osborn and Thomas roads.

A 20-year-old man called 911 and said he had been shot.

When police arrived on the scene, they found not only that man, but also a 25-year-old man in the stairwell of a nearby apartment complex. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police said the survivor lives at the apartment complex. Early indications are that two men were visiting him when an argument broke out. That confrontation ended in a gun battle.

Investigators found numerous shell casings on the scene, leading them to believe that a third person was involved.

"At least the working theory at this point is that we had a couple of people show up looking for him, and a gunbattle ensued and this is where we're at," Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department said.

Officers on the scene were concentrating on three areas -- the parking lot of the apartment complex, the street where clothes were left on the ground and a grassy area next to a bank where another set of clothes was found.

Detectives have not determined what led up the argument and subsequent shooting, nor have they identified the man found dead in the stairwell.

They also do not have any information about the third person believed to be involved.

They hope the wounded 20-year-old, who was rushed into surgery, will be able to shed some light on the situation once he can talk to them.