GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- The family of a 51-year-old man who was shot in Glendale Friday night is mourning the loss of a loved one.
The shooting happened at 7:25 p.m. in the parking lot of a loft complex near 63rd and Glendale avenues.
Judy Ayala Salinas said the man killed was her uncle, Jose Luis Ayala. She said he was one of the most gracious persons she knew. “He would always just lend a helping hand if anyone needed it,” Salinas said.
On Saturday, family members and friends showed up to look at the bullet holes left in Ayala’s white pickup truck; some weeping beside it in disbelief of what happened. On Monday, Glendale police identified the shooter as 58-year-old Scottsdale resident, Robert Mahoney.
Investigators learned through statements and evidence gathered during the investigation that Mahoney was known to Jose due to previous business dealings, and it is believed at this point, those dealings were the motive for the homicide. After Mahoney shot at Jose and his 19-year-old son, Louis Ayala, police say Mahoney turned the gun on himself and took his own life.
A neighbor said he recalls hearing at least six different gun shots. “My cousin, his oldest son, was shot as well,” said Salinas. Her cousin, Louis, is still recovering in the hospital. The bullet, Salinas said, traveled through Louis’s pelvis.
“They just decided not to remove the bullet, not to endanger him because of where it was at,” said Salinas. “He’s stable, he’s doing good. It’s a miracle.” Ayala had four brothers and one sister. He leaves behind a wife, daughter, and two sons. “We’ve all just been there for each other in the ways that we can,” said Salinas. “It’s beautiful to see the family come together.”
Through the pain, the family said they have taken time to cherish one another. “No one ever says I wish I had more money, they say I wish I had more time,” Salinas said. “Your prayers are welcomed.” While the family copes with the tragedy, they’ve set up a GoFundMe to help pay for funeral services.