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Police: 18-year-old dead after shooting near east side shopping center

Posted at 6:00 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 20:46:34-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Tucson Police Department is investigating a homicide that happened at a shopping center near the east side Tuesday.

Police say one person was shot near the parking lot of a shopping center at Houghton and Rita roads.

Officers were called out to the area around 4:38 p.m. upon arrival police found 18-year-old Tyler Thomas with obvious signs of trauma.

Tucson Fire Department crews were also on scene rending aid. Thomas was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say detectives have identified two suspects involved with the two groups of individuals who had met for a drug transaction. Those two individuals have been identified as 17-year-old Troy Hughes and 17-year-old James I. Schuermann.

TPD Sgt. Dugan said the shooting did not appear to be random, and the individuals involved know each other.

Homicide Detectives have charged both suspects with first-degree felony murder, armed robbery and aggravated robbery.

The investigation is still ongoing.