Suspect in deadly double shooting on the loose


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Tess Rafols

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 6:17 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 22 at 7:22 PM

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PHOENIX -- One man is dead and another is in the hospital after somebody shot them when they answered a knock at the door.

It happened shortly after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at an apartment complex in the neighborhood just northeast of 19th and Peoria avenues.

Police are still trying to sort out the details, but they know the gunman knocked on the door of a second-floor corner unit. When the door opened, bullets started flying.

According to police the 34-year-old man who opened the door said the suspect immediately shot him, and then walked inside and shot his 29-year-old visitor. It's not clear if either victim recognized or was acquainted with the suspect.

The 29-year-old died at a local hospital. The 39-year-old, hit in the stomach, reportedly is in stable condition.

The suspect fled the scene.

"No motive has been determined and a suspect description is vague at best," said Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes.

The shooter is described only as a Hispanic man who was wearing gray shorts and a baggy gray T-shirt.

Police do not believe this was a home invasion. Investigators have removed a couple of bags of evidence from the apartment, but they are staying tight-lipped about what they have learned so far.

Detectives are talking to neighbors to determine if they saw or heard anything.

Aerial video showed six men men sitting outside a ground-floor unit. It's not clear how -- or even if -- they are connected to the investigation, but none of them was in handcuffs. Police were searching that first-floor apartment, which is right below the unit where the shooting took place.

Investigators have not released any information about the victims.

If you know anything about what happened at that apartment Wednesday night, call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377), 1-800-343-TIPS (8477) or 480-TESTIGO (837-8446).