Police: Ex-husband shot, killed mom who was with 2 kids in parking lot

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Josiah English III (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Josiah English III (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
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Police have identified the woman shot and killed while she was putting her two children into her car, and they believe her ex-husband is the one who pulled the trigger.

Officers arrested Josiah English III Tuesday evening, hours after Blanca Gutierrez-Calzoncit, 35, was killed.

Gutierrez-Calzoncit was shot just before 6 a.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of the Paradise Greens apartment complex near Cave Creek Road and Greenway Parkway. Neighbors heard the gunfire and called 911.

[ORIGINAL STORY: Phoenix PD: Woman shot dead loading 2 children into car]

First responders pronounced Gutierrez-Calzoncit dead at the scene.

"(I) believe this was at a relatively close range," Sgt. Vince Lewis said shortly after the incident.

The couple's two young children were with Gutierrez-Calzoncit when she was killed. They were not physically hurt.

“Later that evening, through the course of the investigation, detectives developed probable cause to arrest [English] for the murder of his ex-wife Blanca,” Lewis wrote in a news alert Wednesday morning, a little more than 24 hours after the shooting.

Lewis did not elaborate on the investigation or explain what led detectives to English.

Officers arrested English without incident and booked him on one count of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

It’s not clear how long he and Gutierrez-Calzoncit had been divorced. 

[VIDEO: Josiah English makes initial court appearance]

During English's initial court appearance Wednesday, the prosecutor said Gutierrez-Calzoncit had been shot eight times. The prosecutor also said English was embroiled in a custody dispute with Gutierrez-Calzoncit and had appeared angry during a court hearing on Monday.

The judge set a $1 million cash-only bond.

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