Updated: Mesa man ID'd as Gilbert shooting victim - East Valley Tribune: Public Safety

Updated: Mesa man ID'd as Gilbert shooting victim

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Posted: Monday, December 24, 2012 10:29 am | Updated: 2:20 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

Police say a Mesa man was the victim of a Gilbert shooting Sunday afternoon.

Michael Kaftan, 48, died after being shot near downtown Gilbert, police said.

Police arrested Ysidro Cota, 46, on suspicion of second-degree homicide.

According to a report, Cota and Kaftan knew each other, but police do not know the motive for the shooting at this time.

The incident happened about 3 p.m. Sunday. The police report says Kaftan was sitting in a Dodge Charger with a female passenger talking to Cota, who was on a motorcycle next to them. At some point, Cota shot into Kaftan’s vehicle, which accelerated forward and struck a parked car.

Kaftan died at the scene. The female passenger in his car was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Police believe there was a female on the back of Cota’s motorcycle and they are trying to locate her.

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