Homeless man shot dead during struggle over bicycle

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(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Phoenix Police Lt. Chris Eyrich. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Phoenix Police Lt. Chris Eyrich. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

A homeless man was shot and killed Sunday morning by a suspect demanding his bicycle, police said.

The victim was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. He later died, police said.

The shooting and robbery happened just after 6 a.m. Sunday at a strip mall in the area of 8300 W. Indian School Road.

"We had a suspect approach two individuals who were sleeping under an overhang at one of the businesses here," Phoenix Police Lt. Chris Eyrich said.

"They are a couple," Eyrich said. "They're homeless. They were trying to get out of the rain and get some sleep."   

The robber woke them up.

"The suspect demanded the victim's bicycle," Eyrich said. "When the victim refused, the suspect shot our victim one time in the torso and fled on the victim's (BMX-style) bicycle."

The woman ran to a pay phone and called police. She was not harmed.

The woman described the suspect as black and in his 20s.  He was last seen wearing a black and gray hooded sports sweatshirt and striped blue and gray shorts.  

People with any knowledge of the suspect's whereabouts are asked to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377) or 480-TESTIGO.

The public can also call Silent Witness detectives toll-free at 1-800-343-TIPS (1-800-343-8477).

Your call will remain anonymous.

Another way to leave a message is to head to the website silentwitness.org.

[Google map: 83rd Avenue & Indian School Road]

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