A man heard gunshots so he opened fire, killing a 15-year-old in Guadalupe
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man on Tuesday for the apparent shooting death of a 15-year-old boy in Guadalupe last month. Court documents show that during an interview with detectives, David Anthony Thomas, 23, said he was at a friend’s house on August 15, hanging out in the front yard with four other people. He heard gunshots from across the street, so he fired his handgun multiple times, MCSO said. Thomas said he feared for his life and hadn’t seen anyone across the street before he started shooting towards Avenida Del Yaqui near East Calle Magdalena, but added that he thought he saw someone with a red shirt. Thomas was under the influence during the incident, according to court records.
Deputies were nearby when they heard the shots and responded to the area where they found Elias Longoria, 15, shot in the head. Paramedics arrived but he died at the scene.
Thomas ran once his friend, who witnessed the shooting, took the gun away, according to court records, and gave it to his father, who was inside the house. Deputies said they later found him wrapped in a shirt on a table under a carport.
Deputies say they found nearly a dozen 9mm casings that were recently used where Thomas was, but also found five casings for a different caliber firearm. However, court documents do not mention any information about the arrest of a second shooter. Previous news reported that Elias’ mother, Blanca Longeria, said a fight led to the shooting, but court documents do not mention her son fighting with anyone.
Detectives interviewed two teenagers who were with Elias when he was shot. They said they heard a single shot and started running. They then heard several gunshots five seconds later, according to the recordings.
sergeant. Hector Encinas of Tempe Police says Elias was a student at Marcos De Niza High School. After the shooting, police said they received several threats against the school, but the claims were false.
Thomas was jailed on one count of second-degree murder on $1 million bail.
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