CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Chandler police have arrested the man who they say shot his father, mother and one of his sisters Friday night. The father died from his injuries and the mother and sister were seriously injured.
The suspect, who has been identified as 26-year-old Victor Morales, fled the scene but was arrested Saturday morning, according to Chandler Police Sgt. Jason McClimans.
The shooting happened just before 10:30 p.m. Friday, when police responded to a 911 call-hangup at a home near Arizona Avenue and Ray Road.
Morales' father was found shot to death inside the home, McClimans said.
Morales' mother and sister were both transported to the hospital with gunshot wounds.
Another sister of Morales was there unharmed, according to court documents. She was the one who reported the incident.
But Morales was nowhere to be found.
Police began scouring the area by air and by ground, and set up a perimeter in the neighborhood.
In a tweet, police warned people to "stay inside and out of area if possible."
The chaos unfolded right outside Barbara Lesniatowski's house.
“We were getting ready to go to bed, and my son comes out and says, 'Mom, what’s going on?'” said Lesniatowski. “I don’t know. I open the door, and I was told get back in the house. So, I shut the door, and I put everybody in the spare room.”
Lesniatowski said she did not know her neighbors well but met them once.
“It makes me sad that those kids had to go through that,” said Lesniatowski. “That’s what scares me the most, and makes me sad... makes me wonder what went so wrong that [that] would have to happen. That man threw his life away. You don’t know what’s going on in other people’s houses... everybody is fighting a battle, and you just [have to] be kind no matter what.”
McClimans said Morales was arrested at 11:40 a.m. Saturday just north of where the shooting happened.
A patrol officer in the area saw Morales in an alley, based off of the clothing and physical description, and he was taken into custody.
The names of the victims have not been released.
Court document say the mom took a gunshot wound to the left shoulder and she is expected to survive.
The sister has suffered four gunshot wounds and went through two emergency surgeries already, court documents say. She is still in critical condition.
In an interview with police, according to court documents, Morales admitted to being at the home with a 9 millimeter pistol. While he said he remembered running from the house and having the gun when he was arrested, Morales claimed he didn't recall the actual shooting.
@ChandlerPolice is still searching for the suspect, Victor Morales, in regards to the shooting last night.He is armed/dangerous.Please contact police with any information to assist with this. You can remain anonymous. Call or text 4807824130 or 911..See Something, Say Something..— Chandler Police (@ChandlerPolice) October 5, 2019
@ChandlerPolice are looking for a suspect in a shooting in the area of Arizona and Galveston. Search is active. Stay inside and out of area if possible.— Chandler Police (@ChandlerPolice) October 5, 2019
@ChandlerPolice are working an active incident in the area of Arizona Ave and Galveston. We are searching for a suspect. Please stay clear of the area if possible.— Chandler Police (@ChandlerPolice) October 5, 2019