PHOENIX — Mesa police arrested a 21-year-old man for allegedly fatally shooting a 32-year-old man behind a pet store Saturday evening.
Police received a call about a possible shooting behind Pratt’s Pet Store on Alma School Road north of Southern Avenue around 6 p.m. Saturday. The initial caller reported that a store employee may have been involved.
Officers found the 32-year-old man with life-threatening injuries, according to police. They started life-saving measures and after some time the fire brigade personnel took control, but the man was declared brought dead after being rushed to the hospital.
Police found and detained the employee involved, 21-year-old Jacob Urias, inside the store.
During the investigation, detectives learned Urias was working outside when he and two female workers asked the 32-year-old to leave because he was trespassing. The man did not leave, and the two women went back into the store to call the police. The shooting happened during the call.
Urias admitted to shooting the man during an interview with detectives, and was jailed on one count of second-degree murder.
The investigation is still ongoing and details may change.