Surprise shooting: Gunfire at home leaves 3 men dead, including the suspect

Surprise Police say three people are dead, including the suspect, and several others are seriously injured following a shooting at a home.

The incident, according to police, happened at a home near Grand Avenue and Reems Road. The incident began as some sort of fight that happened just after 10 p.m. on July 3, with it ending in a shooting.

Gunfire broke out at the home and a woman who lives in the area said she heard the gunshots, and initially thought they could be fireworks, investigators say.

"I heard what I thought were fireworks going off in someone’s backyard off the street, and then I started hearing voices. Maybe it was just a party or something. I came to the front of the house, there were all these people milling about. I didn’t know what was going on. There was crying and kind of wailing," said the woman, who did not want to be identified.

Police say three people died, four are injured and others were hurt but are expected to be OK.

Those who died are Carl Dinora, 38; Conrradito Ochoa Navarro, 41; and the suspect, Jason Hunt, 46.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Surprise Police at 623-222-4000, or 623-222-TIPS (8477). You can also email CrimeTips@surpriseaz.gov.

Police release more information

"According to witnesses, evidence, and facts gathered at the scene, detectives have determined that Jason Hunt was the first person to fire a weapon. In addition, detectives have discovered that multiple shots were fired by other individuals in attendance. All weapons recovered from the residence have been identified as handguns. The facts of the investigation show that Jason Hunt, a resident of the neighborhood, had been invited to the residence by the homeowner. While in the residence, Jason Hunt pulled out a gun and began to fire. The motive remains unknown and the focus of this investigation," police said on July 5.

Six days later, police provided more information on what they're calling a complex case.

Initially, investigators weren't confident in calling Hunt the suspect, but have since named him the suspect, and said others were acting in self-defense.

"Detectives from the Surprise Police Department have learned Jason Hunt, a resident of the neighborhood, came to the victim’s residence while the victims and guests were gathered outside in front of the home. Jason engaged in small talk with several guests. At about the same time or a short time thereafter, those in attendance migrated inside the home to eat, with Jason following. Jason was given a plate of food and sat down inside the residence. A few moments later, Jason stood up from where he was seated, pulled out a handgun, and began shooting at numerous individuals. Jason Hunt was shot and killed by one of the injured parties involved," the department said.

The person who shot Hunt, police say, was acting in self-defense and called Hunt's actions unprovoked.

"Jason Hunt’s motive is still unknown," police say.

In a Ring doorbell video shared by a neighbor, you hear at least six pops. Meanwhile, neighbors are wondering how this transpired in what they call a peaceful neighborhood.

"Surprised to see this in our neighborhood," a resident said. "It's ridiculous."

‘A lot of people are hurting’

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Ruth Gonzalez and Conrad Ochoa Navarro

FOX 10 is learning more about two of the men who died in the shooting – Carl and Conrradito, also known as Conrad.

Conrad's wife, Ruth Gonzalez, says she watched the tragedy unfold right in front of her.

"He quietly just got up and started shooting. He didn't say anything at all," Gonzalez said. She says the initial shooter was at the party for around 15 minutes before he got up and opened fire.

She ran outside and hid for safety and eventually found her kids at the neighborhood park.

"Asking me where's their dad, 'where's my dad?' And then I just hugged them tight and said, 'I don't know where's your dad, I haven't seen your dad,'" Gonzalez said.

Surprise PD told FOX 10 that a "clash" between party goers resulted in gunfire, but Gonzalez says that's just not the truth.

But ultimately, two husbands and fathers are gone.

"He was the love of my life. He was … put it this way … a lot of people are hurting because he was one of a kind. Like, he was a good friend, a good husband, a good everything. He touched so many hearts," Gonzalez said.

Yami Dinora remembers her soulmate, Carl, who leaves her and their two daughters behind.

She shared this statement, it reads in part, "He was so happy with us and talked about our future constantly like imagining his future grandbabies. He had the most contagious laugh and befriended anyone he came across. He was a remarkable man and will be unforgettable," Dinora said.

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