PD: Suspect identified in west Phoenix park shooting

PHOENIX - The search continues for a gunman who opened fire in the middle of a busy park in west Phoenix Thursday  night-- leaving one man dead and a teenager injured.

Phoenix Police said it doesn't believe this was a random shooting. There were dozens of people at the park at the time, including children.      

The Phoenix Police Department identified 17-year-old Jodon Martinez, a Hispanic male who is about 5'7" and 140 pounds, as a suspect. According to police, Martinez is a documented gang member and is considered armed and dangerous. 

Officials said Martinez had an ongoing dispute with the victim because he refused to join a gang. 

Dershawn Stuard, 22, was killed and a 14-year-old boy was injured.

Phoenix Police said the victims were playing basketball right before the shooting. They said the teenage gunman fled the park near 106th Avenue and Camelback Road.

The witness said there were probably about 100 people out at the park between the basketball court, the skate park and the playgrounds.

The Phoenix Police Department is asking anyone with information to contact their violent crimes bureau at (602)262-6141, or by calling Silent Witness at (480)WITNESS. 

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