Suspect arrested after allegedly shooting man to death in Phoenix

Eric Norwood, 41, was booked in to jail on a 1st degree murder charge, as well as several...
Eric Norwood, 41, was booked in to jail on a 1st degree murder charge, as well as several other felony charges for the shooting death of 39-year-old Ricardo Villalobos in Phoenix, police say.(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Oct. 2, 2023 at 10:29 AM MST|Updated: Oct. 2, 2023 at 1:22 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Phoenix police have arrested a suspect in connection to a weekend shooting in a neighborhood just off Interstate 17 in Phoenix.

Officers say that the shooting happened Sunday around 12:30 a.m. near 27th and Northern avenues. When officers arrived, they found a man, now identified as 39-year-old Ricardo Villalobos, critically hurt from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead moments later by Phoenix Fire paramedics.

According to court documents, witnesses heard gunfire and the sound of a car crashing in the area. When those witnesses walked outside, they found Villalobos’ truck, a Chevy Silverado, had crashed into other vehicles parked in front of a home with Villalobos lying on the ground nearby. One witness told detectives they saw Norwood running away with a woman. A quick search of the area led officers to find 41-year-old Eric Norwood with blood on his hands, as well as on the woman’s legs. Norwood was later determined to be the woman’s ex-boyfriend.

The woman told investigators that she and Norwood had been in contact and that the victim was inside the car, exposing himself to both Norwood and the woman in the car. A search warrant revealed text messages where the woman said, “I got one,” and Norwood said, “I see you,” and asked if the door was unlocked. At that point, someone opened the car and said, “I want everything,” and that’s when the woman ran. Not long afterward, the 911 call was made.

Norwood has since been booked for first-degree murder and other felony charges. It’s also unclear whether the woman could face any charges stemming from the incident.

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