Mesa police arrest suspect in shooting incident that killed a toddler
PHOENIX – Mesa police arrested a suspect that was believed to be involved in a shooting incident that wounded six and left a toddler dead in October, authorities said Monday.
Authorities arrested 29-year-old Larry T. Miller, who was booked on one count of first degree murder, six counts of attempted first degree murder, 11 counts of endangerment, six combined counts of aggravated assault and drive by shooting, police said.
The incident took place Oct. 16 in a parking lot near Dobson and Guadalupe roads where families were gathered dining at food trucks.
Witnesses told police the suspects drove up in a white Kia Soul or box-type SUV around 9:30 p.m., and opened fire from the middle of Guadalupe Road.
Sebastian Duran, 1, and three other children and three adults were injured in the incident.
Duran died in a hospital Oct. 18 from his injuries in the incident.
Injuries of the other victims ranged from severe to minor, Mesa police said, but those hurt worst were expected to survive.
Officers seized a silver Kia Soul in Phoenix during the execution of a search warrant on Oct. 21, which was later identified as the suspect’s vehicle, police said.
Authorities noted hours before the shooting, a couple was arguing in the parking lot and a man got physical with a woman and vendors intervened. Officials later confirmed these two incidents were connected.
Officials said this is a large-scale investigation that is still ongoing.