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Police say a man is dead after he was shot by his younger sister early Monday. Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos identified the victim as 22-year-old Manuel Ortiz.
Martos said officers responded to a shooting call at an apartment complex where Ortiz was found dead inside the apartment where he lived.
Martos said the man’s sister had been playing with a gun and having pictures taken. The weapon accidentally discharged and shot Ortiz
There were three other people in the apartment and one of them witnessed the shooting.
Police believe Ortiz and his sister had been drinking overnight. Martos said the victim’s sister would likely be charged with manslaughter if tests conclude she had alcohol in her system.
An ABC15 crew talked with friends of the victim and his sister. They said the shooting was an accident and wasn’t mean to be. One friend who wanted to remain anonymous said she wants him to be remembered for the kind, funny guy he was. “He was a very close friend to everybody. He was just always there and it’s sad because one second he’s here and the other he’s not.”
“Every time he saw somebody sad or down he would be right there making jokes so you could be happy. Even if he was just having a hard time he was always there for someone,” said the friend.