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Phoenix man allegedly kills girlfriend, steals gun, shoots neighbor

Michael Cornell Bryant (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

PHOENIX – A Phoenix man faces multiple felonies, including murder, after allegedly killing his girlfriend, stealing a gun and shooting a neighbor Thursday, police said.

Michael Cornell Bryant, 38, was booked into Maricopa County Jail on one count each of first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, third-degree burglary and theft.

Police responded to the area of 16th Street and Thomas Road around 2 p.m. after a man called 911 and said he’d been shot, according to a Friday morning Phoenix Police Department press release.

The 21-year-old man said he’d parked his car outside his apartment and gone inside briefly, and was walking back to his car when Bryant shot him, according to police.

The man was able to run to safety and call 911. He was hospitalized with injuries that aren’t believed to be life threatening.

Responding officers located and detained Bryant, who was carrying a firearm that police say had been stolen from the shooting victim’s car.

Witnesses pointed out Bryant’s apartment, and the door was ajar, police said. Officers went inside and found Bryant’s girlfriend dead.

According to police, Bryant admitted to killing 37-year-old Jacqueline Gooden before stealing the gun from the 911 caller’s car and shooting him.

Police did not say how Bryant killed Gooden and said the medical examiner’s office would determine the cause of death.

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