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Phoenix gangbanger charged with manslaughter in accidental shooting death of fellow gang member

July 12, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Phoenix gangbanger charged with manslaughter in accidental shooting death of fellow gang member

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Arizona authorities arrested a Phoenix gangbanger for the alleged shooting of a fellow gang member last year.

Vicente Vega Perez appeared for his initial court hearing on Monday.

Perez stands accused of shooting Jonathan Carrillo inside a Phoenix condominium in October 2016. AZcentral reported.

Police say both Perez and Carrillo were members of a documented street gang in north Phoenix.

Perez initially told investigators Carrillo had shot himself with an AK-47 rifle.

However, coroners later refuted the account given by Perez.

Vicente Perez, 21, was charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a fellow gang-banger

Court documents state the victim’s grandmother discovered Carrillo’s body with a bullet lodged in the left side of his head inside her apartment.

Two other people, who were inside at the time of the shooting contacted the woman who was in the parking lot, and said her grandson shot himself, the court document said.

The grandmother called 911 and told dispatchers the shooting appeared to be a suicide.

The man and woman who were present in the condo hadn’t called 911 when the grandmother arrived.

Both witnesses told Police that Carrillo had shot himself.

However, the man in the condo later told investigators that Perez was present in the apartment and was playing with an AK-47 when it discharged killing the victim.

The man and women said they lied to police out of fear because both Perez and Carrillo were gang members.

The two witnesses stated they believed Perez, who urged them to keep their mouths shut, had five outstanding warrants and may have fled to Mexico.

Officials said police finally questioned Perez, he told cops Carrillo had shot himself, but when confronted with autopsy results refuting his story, he tried blaming the other man in the apartment.

Perez currently remains in custody on $150,000 bond; It remains unclear whether he has retained an attorney.

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