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PD: Man found shot to death in Fry's parking lot near 43rd Avenue and McDowell Road

Man found shot to death inside vehicle at Phoenix Fry's
Fatal shooting - 43rd Avenue and McDowell Road
Posted at 8:30 PM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 14:36:03-04

PHOENIX — Phoenix police are investigating what led up to a deadly shooting in a Fry's Food Store parking lot Monday night.

Authorities say officers arrived at the store near 43rd Avenue and McDowell Road around 7:20 p.m. to investigate a shooting call in the area.

When officers arrived, they found a man in a car who had been shot to death.

Witnesses reported seeing a man shoot into the victim's car before fleeing the scene in a dark-colored truck. A witness also reportedly followed the suspect vehicle and alerted police.

Officers were able to conduct a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle and detained four people inside. Detectives developed probable cause to arrest the driver, 33-year-old Rey Uriol Lara Lugo.

Lugo told police he was in a verbal argument before the shooting.

According to court paperwork, Lugo told detectives that the victim had picked him up, about 30 minutes prior to the shooting, to talk and they parked in the Fry's parking lot.

Lugo claimed that the two began to argue and the victim grabbed him by the shirt. He said that's when he grabbed his gun and shot the victim. He admitted to shooting the victim four times.

Lugo said he was upset with the way the victim had been treating him and he bought the gun from a friend for $50.

The documents say Lugo crossed the U.S., Mexican border about seven months ago and did not have the proper paperwork to be here.

He was booked into jail on murder and weapons-related charges.

The victim has not yet been publicly identified by police.