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Suspect in fatal shooting west of Phoenix taken into custody

YOUNGTOWN, Ariz. — Authorities said a man wanted in connection with a fatal
shooting outside a Youngtown hotel is in custody.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s investigators said 22-year-old Joseph Gonzales was
arrested Wednesday morning near Surprise.

They said the shooting occurred Saturday night in the parking lot of a Best
Western hotel in Youngtown, located west of Phoenix.

Witnesses reported hearing a gunshot and seeing a man lying motionless on the

The shooter allegedly fled the scene in a car.

Sheriff’s officials said the driver of that vehicle was taken into custody
Monday night at a home in Phoenix.

The sheriff’s homicide unit had been following up on tips about Gonzales’
location until he was arrested.


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