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May 12, 2010 8:51 PM

Tucson police investigating attempted robbery and homicide

TUCSON - Police say an attempted robbery of a Tucson business left one suspect dead and three other people, including the business owner, hospitalized with gunshot trauma.

Police responded to M&M Customs, 3040 N. Stone Ave., around 7:10 p.m. Tuesday in regards to a shooting.

On arrival, officers say they located three males, suffering from gunshot trauma. A fourth male identified as 18-year-old, Noah Lopez, was located on Delano St., just east of Stone Ave. Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene. The remaining males were transported to a local area hospital.

According to detectives, Lopez, along with 26-year-old, Toney Stith, 19-year-old, Anthony Peyron, and 20-year-old, Carlos Peyron, attempted to rob the business at gunpoint. Officers say the men confronted an employee and were forcing him into a back office, when the business owner engaged them with a shotgun, wounding Anthony Peyron. Detectives say the four suspects had gang affiliations.

Police say the suspects attempted to flee but encountered a locked door. That's when, officers say, Lopez opened fire on the business owner, striking him in the forearm.

Police tell News 4, the employee retrieved a handgun and shot Lopez, who ran away, mortally wounded.

Officers say Stith was wounded in the lower extremities and Carlos Peyron was struck in the back of the head with the stock of the shotgun. The victims held the remaining three suspects at gunpoint until officers arrived, two minutes later.

According to detectives, Carlos Peyron has been booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Center, on one count each of 1st Degree Murder, Attempted Aggravated Robbery, Attempted Armed Robbery, and Kidnapping.

Stith and Anthony Peyron remain hospitalized and police say will face the same charges upon their release.

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