The Main Stream

Oct 4, 2012 1:31 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Bus stop shooting was "completely random"

TUCSON - A homicide at a bus stop was a "completely random act of violence," according to a family member.

Robert Chance, 41, was shot and killed at a bus stop near Broadway Boulevard and Alvernon Way Monday.

Police charged Eric Jones, 21, with 1st Degree Murder.

Tucson Police called the shooting "unprovoked."

"I was in complete shock," the victim's aunt, Alicia Ramos, said. "It was like a knife in my heart."

Chance was on his way to work at a gas station, according to Ramos.

"He was more concerned that by working a night shift at a convenience store that something might happen," Ramos said.

She said coping with a homicide is impossible.

"There is no reason. There's no rhyme," Ramos said. "This was not meant to happen. This was not supposed to happen."

She hopes whoever murdered her nephew pays for the crime.

"I want to make sure that he never, ever, ever is able to hurt another like this again," Ramos said.

A few hours after the shooting, an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer stopped the suspect, Eric Jones, on Interstate 10.

Jones was driving a stolen vehicle, according to police. An officer found a handgun inside.

Jones was taken to the Pima County Jail.

Through their own investigation, Tucson Police identified Jones as a suspect. Then they learned he was already in jail.

The confiscated handgun was the same gun used to shoot Robert Chance, according to police.


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