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PD: Two found dead after relationship dispute leads to shooting in Mesa

Mesa double shooting
Posted at 8:54 AM, Oct 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-01 20:49:03-04

MESA, AZ — Police say two people in Mesa were found dead on a sidewalk following a dispute over a relationship near Signal Butte and Broadway roads Thursday night.

Just before midnight, officers responded to the area for a shooting.

Officers arrived at the scene and found two people, 54-year-old Shawn Conner and 39-year-old Ivana Liversedge, lying on the sidewalk with apparent gunshot wounds. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

An initial investigation revealed the shooting happened due to an alleged dispute between two couples, in which one person was also romantically involved with the other couple.

Both couples reportedly took out a firearm during the argument which led to the shooting.

Mesa police say 41-year-old Justin Peterson has been arrested and faces one charge of second-degree murder, and reckless discharge of a firearm in Liversedge’s death. Possible criminal charges may also be added for Conner’s death, but the investigation is ongoing.