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Suspect arrested following deadly shooting at Phoenix park near 35th and Campbell avenues

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Posted at 7:27 AM, Apr 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-15 18:25:02-04

PHOENIX — An 18-year-old man was arrested after he was allegedly involved in a deadly shooting at Cielito Park near 35th and Campbell avenues, just south of Camelback Road last weekend.

Phoenix police said just after 9 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to a shooting at Cielito Park where they found a 35-year-old man with gunshot wounds.

He was taken to a hospital where he later died.

Court documents said a group of people was listening to music by their vehicles at the park when they saw 18-year-old Ramon Mendez reportedly reach into his backpack and pull out a gun.

Mendez allegedly pointed the gun at the group and asked them where they were from. One of the people yelled “gun” and the group started running to their vehicles.

As the vehicles started to pull out, Mendez allegedly started shooting at one of the vehicles.

One of the victims went home and returned to the park with a family member to confront the suspect, police said.

During the confrontation, Mendez allegedly shot at the victim’s vehicle, killing the family member.

Police said as the shooting happened, one of the other drivers struck Mendez with their vehicle out of fear for their safety.

Authorities said Mendez was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

He was questioned by police and later arrested Wednesday.

Mendez faces felony charges that include second-degree murder and aggravated assault.