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Chandler police investigate fatal shooting

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Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 7:12 am

A 29-year-old man is dead and another is injured following a shooting that took place after an altercation in the parking lot of a bar in Chandler early Friday morning.

A fight broke out about 2:20 a.m. in the parking lot of the Draft House, 393 W. Warner Road, said police spokesman Det. Frank Mendoza. Officers and bar security were already on scene when the fight spilled outside.

Police still are trying to piece together the events that left Jason Hambrick, a passenger, dead from a gunshot wound to his neck, and his friend David King, also 29, injured after being shot in the chest. No suspects have been identified and witnesses are being interviewed, Mendoza said.

The shootings happened about a mile from the bar, on Warner between Arrowhead Drive and Dobson Road, Mendoza said.

Soon after the initial altercation, a car returned to the parking lot of the Draft House with two passengers with gunshot wounds, police said.

“A car pulled into the lot, a man got out and said they needed help because they had been shot,” said Gina Cuneo, a manager at the Draft House. “There was a disturbance in the parking lot that was taken care of. I don’t know if punches were thrown or if Jason or David were even involved in it.”

King’s injuries were non-life threatening, and no other injuries were reported that stemmed from the parking-lot incident, according to Mendoza.

Cuneo said that Hambrick and King were regulars at the bar who usually came in on weekends and described them as always polite when they were served.

“I’ve worked here for a long time, and I’ve never had any issues with them,” Cuneo said.

Officers are still trying to determine if other vehicles may have been involved in the shooting.

“It’s just going to be a matter of who cooperates and who doesn’t,” Mendoza said.

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