Shooting leaves man seriously injured

Tucson police are investigating a midday shooting Saturday that left one man hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

At about 1:20 p.m. officers were called to the Circle K at 4301 E. Pima St., at North Columbus Boulevard in midtown, about a shooting in the parking lot, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department.

Officers found a man with gunshot wounds nearby, in the 1400 block of North Columbus, he said.

Detectives were still interviewing witnesses, and the shooter remained at large, Widmer said.

Man found dead
in wash was slain

A man pulled out of the Santa Cruz River last month was already dead when rushing water carried him downstream.

Based on autopsy results released Friday, Owen Anthony McNutt, 34, likely was killed and dumped in the dry riverbed before a November storm sent a torrent of water rushing down the wash.

“He was probably in the wash, and the storm came up, and that’s how he was found,” said Dr. Gregory Hess, chief medical examiner for Pima County.

McNutt’s body was found Nov. 22 in the water near North Riverside Drive and West St. Mary’s Road.

The forensic pathologist who examined the body determined McNutt died of several injuries. There was evidence of cuts and stab wounds and what the pathologist described as “sharp force/chop-type injuries of the back.”

Authorities blacked out much of the autopsy report before publicly releasing it, however.

McNutt also had methamphetamine, cannabis and alcohol in his system, the report shows.

Detectives earlier noted that McNutt had gang affiliations. The autopsy report shows he had several tattoos, including at least two depicting swastikas.

Anyone with information about the case should call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Help needed to ID
Dec. 19 hit-run victim

Tucson police are asking the public for help in identifying a man critically injured in a hit-and-run on the south side last week.

At about 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19, police officers and Tucson Fire Department paramedics responded to a report of a pedestrian struck on West Drexel Road near South Liberty Avenue, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

The man had life-threatening injuries and remains in critical condition at a hospital, Widmer said.

Traffic detectives need help in identifying the victim, who is described as Native American.

The man is about 40 years old and is 6 feet tall and weighs 230 pounds, said Widmer.

He has a beard and mustache, short black hair and brown eyes, one of which is prosthetic.

Anyone with information should call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Kimberly Matas

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