Police investigating 2 south Phoenix homicides from over the weekend

Sep 25, 2023, 5:48 AM | Updated: Sep 26, 2023, 10:31 am

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(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)

(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)

PHOENIX — Two people were found fatally shot in separate shootings Sunday morning in south Phoenix , authorities said.

In the first incident, officers responded to a shooting call around 3:30 a.m. Sunday near Broadway Road and Central Avenue, the Phoenix Police Department said.

When they arrived, they found 32-year-old Hamzah Sirajaldin with multiple gunshot wounds, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police allege Ernesto Luna, 41, fatally shot Sirajaldin during a dispute, however, he fled the scene before police arrived.

Luna is a Hispanic male who stands 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighs 250 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Later in the morning, officers responded to a shooting call around 10:30 a.m. near Baseline Road and 16th Street, police said.

When they arrived, they found a woman with a gunshot wound, police said.

She was taken to a hospital, where she died. The victim was identified as 35-year-old Ashley Smith.

There are no suspects in custody, police said.

No other details were made available. Both investigations are ongoing.

Anyone with information about either case was asked to call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151 or, to remain anonymous, Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377) or 480-TESTIGO (837-8446) for Spanish.

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Police investigating 2 south Phoenix homicides from over the weekend