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2nd victim dies as murder charges expected against Chandler shooting suspect

Nov 18, 2022, 4:10 PM
Korey Sandusky Jr. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)...
Korey Sandusky Jr. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)
(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

PHOENIX — A second victim died in a Chandler shooting from last week and the suspect is set to face murder charges, police said Friday.

Kory William Sandusky Jr., 27, is accused of fatally shooting two people near Pecos Road and Arizona Avenue on Nov. 9, according to the Chandler Police Department.

Two victims — a 19-year-old man and 17-year-old girl — were found inside the apartment near Pecos Road and Arizona Avenue at about 3 p.m.

The man died that night at a hospital, while the 17-year-old was in critical condition before her death was announced Friday.

Sandusky was initially booked into Maricopa County Jail on multiple counts related to the break-in and another nearby incident: aggravated assault, first-degree burglary, kidnapping and possession of a weapon by a prohibited person.

Chandler Police said it planned to formally file murder charges against Sandusky to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office early next week.

Sandusky was seen fleeing the shooting site, according to court documents. A separate break-in occurred a few blocks away.

A man and woman saw Sandusky in the backyard near a shed, which had its door torn off, according to the probable cause statement for Sandusky’s arrest.

When the man opened the back door, Sandusky charged, causing the door to hit the man in the head, the probable cause statement said.

Once inside, Sandusky allegedly chased down the woman, who had run to a bedroom, and began to choke her. She fell and injured her head, police said.

By then, the man had armed himself and threatened to shoot Sandusky, police said.

Sandusky ran out the back door, and the victims called police. He got as far as the front yard when the man caught up and held Sandusky at gunpoint until police arrived.

Police said they found two handguns inside the shed that the two residents said didn’t belong to them.

One of those weapons, police said, had the same type of bullet casings that were consistent with the shooting scene.

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2nd victim dies as murder charges expected against Chandler shooting suspect