PD: Chandler man shot multiple times with rifle, pair arrested for murder

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Posted at 11:43 AM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 14:43:33-04

CHANDLER, AZ — Two men were arrested after firing 18 rifle shots, killing a man in Chandler early Wednesday morning.

Police say an officer heard gunshots around Chandler Boulevard and Hamilton Street.

While investigating where the shots were heard, the officer found a man who had been shot multiple times. The victim, 33-year-old Darrell Rushing, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police also reportedly found 18 spent rifle casings nearby.

Audio recording from surveillance cameras allegedly picked up 10 rapid-fire shots, a three- to four-second pause, then eight more rapid-fire shots.

According to the Maricopa County Medical examiner, Rushing was running away when he was shot in the back and left leg.

Rushing fell from his injuries which left him unable to protect himself. He was then shot multiple times at close range.

Court records say that surveillance video reportedly shows a group of people entering an area near the apartment of 33-year-old Luis Pedro Martinez.

Other witnesses pointed to Martinez and Ivan Bello Contreras, 24, as being together when the shooting took place with Martinez firing the shots.

When questioned by police, Contreras allegedly said he, “was not worried because he did not pull the trigger,” according to court records.

Both Contreras and Martinez have been arrested for first-degree murder.