Gunman's escape foiled when he stopped at mom's

Posted at 3:55 PM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-15 17:49:51-04

Maricopa County Sheriff's officials said they arrested a man who had his engine running, his belongings packed and was ready to leave after shooting up his ex-girlfriend's home and hitting a dog.

According to court documents, 22-year-old Dane Hunter Smith went to an apartment complex near University and Ellsworth on Jan. 6 armed with a gun.

Police said witnesses told them they saw Smith go to the front door of an apartment, then fire several shots into the door.

When officers arrived, they found several .40 caliber shell casing outside the front door. Inside the apartment, they found bullet holes throughout the apartment and an injured dog with a wound on its body

Police talked with a 9-year-old child in the complex who saw the shooting and identified Smith as the gunman.

On Jan. 28, police found Smith at his mother’s home in Mesa near Sossaman and Baseline. They said his car was packed and the engine was running, but Smith was still inside the home. They arrested Smith on four felony charges for weapon violations.