Tucson police: South-side shooting turns to homicide investigation

Tucson police: South-side shooting turns to homicide investigation
TPD at scene of crash turned shooting on the south side. (Source: Nanette Flores)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Tucson police officers from Operations Division South were called for a single vehicle crash with injuries to the 5500 block of South Forgeus Avenue around 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24. When officers arrived they found the victim, identified as 18-year-old Julian Zepeda, still inside the vehicle with obvious gunshot trauma.

Officers rendered aid until Tucson Fire Department emergency crews arrived and transported Zepeda to Banner University Medical Center, where Friday evening he died from his wound.

According to TPD witnesses said they heard a single shot before the vehicle crashed and a male was seen running from the vehicle to the the Las Villas De Kino apartment complex across the street.

Tucson police searched the complex where the suspect was last seen and found a juvenile male. He was identified as the fleeing suspect and arrested on an outstanding warrant. His name and booking photo have not been released due to his age.

During the investigation TPD learned that one of the people involved was a documented gang member, so the Gang Unit was called in to continue the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing, according to TPD and they will release information as it becomes available.

TPD is asking anyone with information on this incident to call 88-CRIME, they can remain anonymous.

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