Sunday, December 30, 2007


Phoenix Police Department
Phoenix police say they are looking for 24-year-old Jose Francisco Mendoza,
who is sometimes called "Psycho

Man sought in shooting of 6

Elias C. Arnold, The Arizona Republic
Dec. 30, 2007

Phoenix police are looking for a 24-year-old man suspected of shooting six people Saturday night in connection with an ongoing dispute.

Police searched a neighborhood near 15th Avenue and Broadway Road but were unable to locate suspect Jose Francisco Mendoza, also known as "Psycho."

He is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 9 inches tall, and having a medium build.

Five victims were found inside a house in 1600 block of West Tamarisk Street, with one found in front of the house.

The dispute began with a physical confrontation and escalated into a shooting with several rounds being fired, police said.

The victims were transported to area hospitals in stable condition. Their names were not released.

Police responded about 6:40 p.m to a 911 call regarding a disturbance in the street on Tamarisk Street.

When officers arrived, Mendoza was standing in the street and opened fire on them, police said. The two-person patrol team returned fire, though neither officers nor Mendoza were hit.

Police said additional officers arrived and surrounded the neighborhood. A search for Mendoza was unsuccessful.

A dog found with a gunshot wound during the search was also transported for medical care, police said. It was not expected to survive.

Phoenix police ask that anyone with information on Mendoza's whereabouts call 911 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.


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