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Man faces murder charges in deadly shooting outside convenience store on Valencia Road

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Posted at 6:16 PM, Jun 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-12 14:56:14-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Tucson Police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened outside of a convenience store on Valencia Road Friday.

Around 4:30 p.m., officers responded to the Circle K located at 1555 W. Valencia Road for a report of a shooting, according to TPD. Upon arrival, one adult male was found with obvious signs of gunshot trauma.

Officers began rendering aid to the victim, until TFD medics arrived, police say. Shortly after, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim has been identified as 50-year-old Jaime Tadeo-Avila. Next of kin was notified.

After detectives responded to the scene to continue the investigation, it was learned that the suspect was parked when Tadeo-Avila was driving through the parking lot, because of heavy traffic Tadeo-Avila and the suspect were involved in a wreck, according to the department.

The suspect then parked next to Tadeo-Avila and discharged a firearm multiple times, ultimately striking Tadeo-Avila, police say. Tadeo-Avila’s juvenile son was also in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, he sustained minor injuries and was taken to University Medical Center.

After the shooting, the suspect called 911 to report that he wanted to turn himself in, according to the department. The suspect was taken into custody.

The suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Lazaro Enrique Villa.

Police say Villa is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He was booked into Pima County Jail.