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BRIEF: Man shot outside Tucson motel dies
[July 30, 2012]

BRIEF: Man shot outside Tucson motel dies

Jul 30, 2012 (The Arizona Daily Star - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- A 27-year-old man shot during an altercation Sunday afternoon at a south-side motel has died.

David Rodriguez, and a woman were shot at the Rodeway Inn, 1031 E. Benson Highway, shortly after 2 p.m., said Sgt. Maria Hawke, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman.

Both victims were taken to a hospital.

Initial reports were that two groups of people were involved in an altercation in the northside parking lot. Several gunshots were fired and the victims were each struck once, Hawke said.

Detectives do not know the motive, or the suspects involved in the shooting, Hawke said.

A vehicle collided with one of the motel's buildings causing possible structural damage, Hawke said.

Two occupants were evacuated from rooms in the northern building as a precautionary measure, said Hawke.

Several men and women were detained for questioning. Investigators believe at least one person involved has gang affiliations, Hawke said.

Detectives ask anyone with information to call 911 or 88-CRIME. Mobile phone users can send anonymous tips online via iPhone or Android mobile apps to Tucson police through TipSoft.

Text messages can also be sent to "CRIMES" (274637) beginning with the keyword "TucsonPD" from a mobile phone.

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