Police are looking for a shooter after a man was shot and killed on Black Canyon Highway near 24th Drive in Phoenix early Saturday morning, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

The victim, 26-year-old Danzail Walton, was taken to a hospital where he later died, police said.

Walton’s aunt, Theresa Lindsey, described him as a “very humble, nice, peaceful guy.” 

Walton, who Lindsey said was referred to as “Duke” by his family, was married with two young children. She said he was very quiet, and that he “didn’t bother nobody unless somebody bothered him.”

In regards to his young children, she said, “I don’t know what they’re going to do without him.”

Walton’s brother, Ryseen Lindsey, said he wants people to remember that his brother “was a good man and that he was a devoted father.”

Walton, who worked as a plumber, had moved from Fresno, California just a few weeks prior to his death, according to Lindsey.

“He’s a good guy. Everybody loves him,” Lindsey said.

Police are looking for two men driving in a blue Chevrolet Impala. The shooter was described by Phoenix police as a 20- to 30-year-old man, between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, and between 180 and 250 pounds.

Officers responded to the shooting just before 2 a.m. Saturday, according to police.

Police said Walton was standing in a parking lot exit when two men stopped and got out of their vehicle to speak with him. There was a short verbal exchange before one of them shot Walton, police said.

A security guard fired at the suspects’ vehicle and believes his rounds hit the car as the two drove south on 24th Drive, according to police.

The investigation is ongoing.


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