PD: Juvenile charged in deadly shooting near 40th Street and Southern Avenue

Posted at 12:22 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 14:22:19-05

PHOENIX — A 16-year-old has been arrested and charged in the shooting death of an 18-year-old man in south Phoenix last week.

On November 5, Phoenix police officers were called to the area of 40th Street and Southern Avenue around 11:45 p.m. for a call of a shooting.

Police located David Villareal in the street with two gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities say Villareal was in an argument with a 16-year-old suspect over money when the shooting occurred.

Investigators say bullet casings collected at the scene matched those from an aggravated assault on October 17 and an armed robbery on October 23. The armed robbery victim told police that he communicated with the suspect via Snapchat. He was able to positively identify the 16-year-old as the suspect.

The suspect was located on November 7 at a local hospital due to a gunshot of his own. He was arrested there for the murder.

Police say the suspect made statements related to the murder and his possible involvement in multiple robberies.

He is being charged in juvenile court for armed robbery and first-degree murder.