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Man arrested following deadly eastside parking lot shooting

Posted at 10:34 PM, Nov 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-27 07:53:11-05

Tucson police made an arrest in connection with a Saturday night deadly shootiong at an eastside Lowe's parking lot.

Police arrested 35-year-old Ryan Secor, who faces second degree murder charges in the death of his 41-year-old fiancee, Mary Blankenship.

A parking lot just east of Speedway and Kolb was shut down Saturday night after officers responded to reports of a shooting.

According to Sgt. Dugan with TPD, police arrived on the scene and located Blankenship with gunshot trauma behind the Lowe's Home Improvement Store. 

Secor, who was with the Blankenship during the shooting told officers that a group of men approached the two and were asking for cigarettes. 

Detectives continued to investigate Sunday morning and again located the man who was with the woman. They discovered that he had a firearm of the same caliber that the woman was shot with. 

TPD says Secor made up the story of the group of men who approached Saturday night and that he was the person who shot her.