Police arrested a man Saturday on suspicion of shooting another man to death outside his west Mesa home while at least six children and other adults slept inside.
Mesa police Sgt. Chuck Trapani said officers detained Rogelio Lopez-Saucedo, 23, along with several others who scattered into the neighborhood as police arrived.
"The shooting occurred, and then everybody just ran," Trapani said.
He said Lopez-Saucedo confessed to shooting the victim multiple times over a disagreement during a drug transaction. Trapani said Lopez-Saucedo was booked Saturday night into the Mesa City Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder.
Neighbors reported gunshots at 8:54 a.m. near Main Street and Stapley Drive. The victim, 37-year-old Jesus Francisco Basoco-Dominquez, was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn hospital, where Trapani said he was pronounced dead at 9:30 a.m.
One woman inside the home at 102 N. Parsell said she was awakened by the gunshots. She said her first instinct was to grab the four children in her care and leave the house. The woman, who called herself Maria, said residents not associated with the shooting fled because some were illegal immigrants and fearful of deportation.
She said the victim was renting a room in the house, and she did not know him well.
Trapani said police did not know if the house was empty when they arrived, so officers dragged the victim to the street and placed a fire engine between him and the house in case the gunman remained inside.
"They did the initial treatment in the street using the fire engine for cover," Trapani said.
John Gorham, who has lived in the neighborhood about four years, said the shooting did not shock him.
"This street is crime-ridden, period," he said. "Drugs, prostitution, you name it."