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Mesa police arrest second man in deadly drive-by shooting investigation

Posted at 6:33 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 11:18:55-05

MESA, AZ — Police say a second person has been arrested in connection with a deadly drive-by shooting in Mesa last year.

Mesa police say four children, aged one, six, nine, and 16-years-old and three adults were shot in the incident near Dobson and Guadalupe roads. The 1-year-old child died as a result of his injuries.

Officials confirmed Tuesday that 31-year-old Chazmon Ray Washington has been charged with murder in connection to the shooting. Police say witnesses identified Washington as the man involved in a physical altercation that occurred hours before the shooting.

In October of 2020, Alvin Dancy was also taken into custody after detectives had obtained a search warrant for his car and residence. They obtained the warrant based on "social media postings," specifically an Instagram post where Dancy, a convicted felon, is seen holding "two AR-15 style rifles." Dancy denies being involved with the shooting, saying he had an alibi. Mesa police would not comment on Dancy's arrest, only saying the investigation is active and ongoing.

Police say Washington is facing multiple charges including first-degree murder, aggravated assault, assisting a criminal street gang, drive-by shooting, and misconduct involving weapons.