Man charged in 2016 north Phoenix murder

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Posted at 11:17 AM, Jun 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-24 22:38:08-04

PHOENIX — A Glendale man is charged in a 2016 double shooting in north Phoenix, where a woman was killed.

Last week Steven Rivera, 30, was charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault from a shooting that occurred in July of 2016.

Rivera is accused of knocking on the door of an apartment near 19th and Peoria avenues. When the victim opened the door Rivera allegedly fired a gun hitting the victim in the stomach. The victim shut the door. However, Rivera continued to shoot through the door, hitting the victim in the shoulder and a woman in the head, according to court records.

Police say the woman, Jennifer Lynn Wood, later died from her injuries.

Another man in the home reportedly told police that a man named 'Steven' knocked on the door and asked for the first victim by name, before firing his gun. Police say the apartment door had five bullet strikes in it.

Surveillance video reportedly showed a man running from the scene. Police talked with the first victim one month after the shooting when he recovered from his critical injuries. He was able to identify Rivera as the shooter.

Another witness, police say, came forward saying they gave Rivera a ride on the night of the shooting and he was armed. They also reportedly told police that Rivera admitted to the shooting.

He is being held on a $1,000,000 cash bond.