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Sgt. Vince Lewis of the Phoenix Police Department talks about a shooting that left one woman dead and another critically injured Aug. 2, 2017.
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Phoenix police identified the suspect in an overnight shooting that killed one woman and critically injured another woman Wednesday in west Phoenix.

Police said the suspect is 44-year-old Jorge Luis Valerio. Police were still looking for him late Wednesday afternoon, said Sgt. Vince Lewis with the Phoenix Police Department.

The shooting happened in the area of 9800 West Horse Thief Pass, near 99th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.

Lewis said the shooter had been in a relationship with one of the women and forced his way into the home just after 12:30 a.m.

One of the women died from her injuries and the other remained in extremely critical condition. Three children inside the home at the time of the shooting were unharmed.

Lewis said the women were family members.

Officers previously responded to multiple reports of domestic violence at the home, Lewis said. Neighbors said they saw police vehicles outside the house on Sunday, but Lewis could not immediately say why officers had been called there.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Phoenix police or Silent Witness. Callers can remain anonymous and earn up to $1,000 upon arrest of the suspect.

According to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, there have been 31 domestic-related deaths this year in Arizona as of June 12 and in 2016, there were 100 domestic-related deaths.  

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