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Aug 29, 2014 8:46 PM by Lupita Murillo

TPD investigates shooting that could have gang ties

TUCSON - A deadly shooting Friday morning in midtown caused a nearby high school to be locked down as police searched for a suspect who is still on the loose.

Gang and Homicides detectives are investigating because there could be some gang affiliations.

Witnesses say the two men began arguing at the bus stop on 1st avenue and Ft. Lowell. But it ended when one pulled out a weapon and shot the other at close range.

Tucson Police say 30-year-old Diego Valdez was shot and later died of his injures. One witness says, "The victim turned to walk away and the shooter said something to him, the shooter turned and he point blank shot him."

Tucson Police say Valdez was shot in the parking lot of Taco Loco. Sgt. Pete Dugan said, "He was actually being treated by Southwest Ambulance who had been flagged down. They had been driving down the street. Tucson Fire Paramedics transported him to a nearby hospital where he later died."

The shooter took off running.

A witness says the shooter threw the weapon away. Sources say it was found in a dumpster just a few buildings over from where the shooting occurred.

While TPD won't confirm a weapon was found in the dumpster, the Crime Scene Unit was there gathering forensic evidence.

We were told to leave because it was now considered part of the crime scene.

Witnesses also tell News 4 Tucson there is surveillance video from one of the nearby businesses. TPD detectives were seen outside of that business.

Valerie Grothe lives and works nearby the crime scene. "It's scary, I mean I looked outside and I saw the helicopter flying around and I've seen manhunts before but it's a little bit unsettling just to know that happened in the neighborhood."

Even though police say this wasn't a random shooting, business owners, and homeowners are still concerned because innocent bystanders can still get hurt in the crossfire.


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