Man found dead with gunshot wound near 40th Street and Southern Avenue Saturday

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Posted at 8:47 AM, Jul 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-06 14:38:30-04

PHOENIX — Phoenix police have made an arrest in a shooting that left a man dead near 40th Street and Southern Avenue on July 2.

Just before 4 a.m., police were called to a home in the area for reports of a shooting.

When officers got to the scene, they located a man with a gunshot wound in the front yard.

He has been identified as 42-year-old Efren Cayeros. He was pronounced dead by medics with the Phoenix Fire Department.

During their investigation police learned that the suspect, 29-year-old Lamarjay Freeman, had been drinking with his girlfriend and others at several bars that night.

Freeman returned to a home with the group of people after 2 a.m.

Freeman eventually walked away from the home armed with a gun and confronted a group that was drinking outside another home nearby.

Allegedly without provocation, Freeman pulled out a handgun and fired at the group. Cayeros was then shot and killed. The others fled the scene and police have not been able to make contact. It's unclear if any of those people were shot during the incident.

Hours after the shooting Freeman allegedly told his girlfriend that he "****ed up." After several days of staying with his girlfriend, Freeman turned himself in for the shooting.

According to court paperwork, Freeman told police that he didn't remember anything after leaving the bar and didn't remember the shooting.

A motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

Freeman faces one count of second-degree murder and discharging a firearm in city limits.