SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — After an hours-long overnight manhunt, Scottsdale police have arrested a juvenile in connection with the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old.
Police received a call about a shooting off McDowell Road, in the area of 70th Street and Palm Lane, at 5:44 p.m. Officers arrived on scene two minutes later to find Terrivonni Santana Williams wounded inside an apartment.
According to police, Williams was taken to the hospital where he later died.
Stephanie Cudjo is the aunt of Williams. She said her nephew just moved to Scottsdale last week from Casa Grande. Cudjo said she got the call late Saturday night that Willams was killed.
"I didn't believe and I just dropped to the floor screaming," Cudjo said through tears. "Like no it's not true, it's not true."
Cudjo told 12News an argument that led to the shooting.
"[Williams] was living there with a roommate," Cudjo said. "There was an altercation over a female, and he shot him."
She and her family are still trying to understand why it ended this way, describing Williams as a happy and humble young man who always tried to make others laugh.
His death sparked a manhunt that lasted through the night as investigators determined that the suspect had fled the scene.
Scottsdale detectives found the suspect, a juvenile, hiding in nearby Pinal County. He was arrested at 4:52 a.m. by the Pinal County Regional SWAT Team.
While Cudjo was relieved authorities arrested a suspect, it doesn't fill the hole left behind.
"I've just been praying," Cudjo said. "I mean, my kids are taking it hard my daughter, me, we are all just trying to help my sister."
A GoFundMe has been created to help raise money for funeral expenses. If you want to learn more, click here.
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