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UPDATE: Shooting suspect, victim identified; police confirm connection to previous homicide

Christopher Heiss-Richardson. (Source: Tucson Police Department) Christopher Heiss-Richardson. (Source: Tucson Police Department)
Jamie Kogut. (Source: Ashlee Walling) Jamie Kogut. (Source: Ashlee Walling)
(Source: Tucson Police Department) (Source: Tucson Police Department)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

For the second time in just over a month, a man is dead following an argument at an east side apartment complex and authorities said the shootings are connected.

The Tucson Police Department said 43-year-old Jamie Kogut was shot around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of Sycamore Creek Apartments, which is located in the 1900 block of North Wilmot Road.

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Ashlee Walling, Kogut's ex-wife, said he was a loving father of three girls.

Sgt. Pete Dugan said the suspect in Wednesday's shooting is Christopher Heiss-Richardson, the brother of the man who was fatally shot at the same location in February.

The 21-year-old Heiss-Richardson was booked on a second-degree murder charge, according to Dugan. He is being held on $200,000 bond and his next court hearing is set for Monday, April 3.

"All the neighbors are scared about the things that are happening," said Aurora Luque, who lives in the complex. "We don't feel safe here. People are scared.

"I'd like to feel like before, I have lived here 9 years and before it was so quiet and peaceful and I would like to have that like before."

Dugan said after Kogut's body was found, Heiss-Richardson called 911 and told authorities he had gotten into an argument Kogut.

Heiss-Richardson also said he was at the apartment complex putting up fliers, looking for information about his brother's murder.

"Christopher contacted Kogut, who lives at the complex," the TPD said in a news release. "Christopher knew Jamie was with his brother the night he was killed. The two men had a discussion and then left in separate vehicles. Before exiting the parking lot, they were involved in a confrontation which led to the shooting."

On Feb. 12, Edward A. McGuire was shot multiple times following an altercation in the parking lot of the complex.

Police said McGuire was in a car with other people when they got into a fight with people from another vehicle.

"When the vehicle pulled in, there was an altercation between the occupants," Dugan said at the time. "During the altercation, shots were fired and the victim was struck."

The suspects in McGuire's death fled the scene before police arrived and it is unknown if he knew the suspects.

Mike Brownstein, a resident at the complex, said the recent murders have really changed his opinion of the place.

"I think that who they allow to move in maybe that could change things," Brownstein said. "I think maybe they could do a better job at the front office to bring more credible people in."

Brownstein said he's considering moving.

"I have (considered moving) but with the rules about cutting leases, it kind of prevents you," he said. "Definitely considering now."

The Sycamore Creek Management Team has released the following statement: 

“We have a patrol at the property every day of the week, and we have increased the hours they patrol each day.  It is critical to note that the criminals were not residents of Sycamore Creek. That said, we subject every prospective resident to a thorough background screening, including criminal background checks conducted by a national screening firm.” 

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