2 shot dead in argument among neighbors on suburban street

October 2, 2021 GMT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Police say an argument among neighbors erupted in violence in a suburban Phoenix community, resulting in the shooting deaths of two people on a residential sidewalk.

Mesa Police Department said Friday that 41-year-old Justin Keith Peterson was arrested in connection with the killing of 39-year-old Ivana D. Liversedge during the argument shortly before midnight Thursday.

Police are still investigating the killing of a second person, 54-year-old Shawn M Conner. He was also shot on the sidewalk during the late night argument.

Liversedge and Conner were acquaintances who got into an argument with Peterson and his wife before the shooting occurred.

Police said Peterson’s wife at this point is considered only a witness.

A charging document filed in the court case against Peterson said investigators were told he had been involved in a casual romantic relationship with one of the victims and a witness to the shootings.

The argument resulted from a falling out among them, the document reported.