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Mesa police arrest 14-year-old suspect accused of shooting roommates

Mar 11, 2021, 5:00 PM

(Facebook Photo/Mesa Police)...

(Facebook Photo/Mesa Police)

(Facebook Photo/Mesa Police)

PHOENIX — A 14-year-old boy was arrested in Mesa after he allegedly shot two of his roommates during an argument, authorities said Thursday.

The suspect told Mesa police he heard his roommates, 23-year-olds Monique Guzman and Daniel Clark, arguing about rent and other issues at around 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday.

The boy said he joined in on the conversation and shot Clark in the back and right leg because Clark was being aggressive toward him, police said.

Guzman was also shot in the left ankle. Both victims were taken to a hospital for their injuries.

KTAR News 92.3 FM is not reporting the suspect’s name because of his age.

Witnesses said the suspect left the house after the shooting.

When police located the suspect two hours later, the boy said he dumped a gun behind a liquor store, according to police.

Officers were unable to locate the weapon. A search of the home revealed three shell casings and one round of live ammo, police said.

The suspect was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He was booked into Durango Juvenile Center on a no-bond status and will be tried as an adult.

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Mesa police arrest 14-year-old suspect accused of shooting roommates