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Man killed in Chandler shooting had prison record

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Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012 3:28 pm | Updated: 8:32 am, Wed Oct 31, 2012.

A man who died in a shooting between multiple people inside a Chandler apartment had spent nearly 20 years in prison for an armed robbery, but police have yet to reveal his connection to the men inside the apartment where he showed up late Thursday.

About 8 p.m., police responded to the scene and discovered that William Hammond, 48, had died in the shooting that left at least one of three others, a 24-year-old man, seriously injured at the Laguna Village Apartments in the 100 block of North Nopal near Arizona Avenue and Elliot Road, according to Chandler police.

On Sept. 30, 1991, Hammond had committed an armed robbery in Cochise County, a crime in which he was sentenced to 21 years in prison, according to Arizona Department of Corrections records.

Hammond, who was released from prison in May, 2010, spent nearly 18 years in prison for the crime. During his time in prison, Hammond committed 17 disciplinary infractions ranging from drug possession to extortion and theft, according to prison records.

It's not clear where Hammond lived or why he showed up at the apartment. For some reason, the occupants and Hammond started shooting at each other. It's not clear who fired first.

The investigation is ongoing.

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