Baby found amid carnage in apartment where shooting left 4 dead, killers charged with capital murder

DALLAS, TEXAS: A shooting at a northwest Dallas apartment complex on Sunday evening March 12, where a baby was found unharmed, left four dead, two men and two women. In connection with a deadly mass shooting, two suspects, Artemio Maldonado, 18, and Azucena Sanchez, 20, have been arrested and are now charged with capital murder, police said the following day.

In a press release issued early Monday, March 13, the Dallas Police Department said, “On March 12, 2023, at approximately 7:10 p.m., Dallas Police responded to a call for a shooting in the 3500 block of the Villaverde Avenue. Preliminary investigation determined when officers arrived they found two adult men and two adult women shot dead in an apartment. The victims died at the scene.” The names of the deceased have not yet been released. While the child was turned over to child protective services, Fox News reports. The statement further said: “The investigation is ongoing and documented under file number 042506-2023.”

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Who are Artemio Maldonado and Azucena Sanchez?

According to Fox News, Sanchez was the former girlfriend of one of the victims. According to the report, Sanchez and the victim were involved in a custody dispute over their son. It is unclear whether or not the baby was the son who remained in the apartment after the shooting. Maldonado and Sanchez were captured around 9.30pm on the day of the mass shooting via their vehicle, which was spotted in the 2700 block of Northhaven Roadwere. They were taken to Dallas Police Headquarters and the Dallas County Jail. Both have been charged with capital murder.

Suspects broke into apartment to rob

After the arrest, Sanchez described the details of what happened. She told police that she and Maldonado broke into the house to rob it. However, they did not know if anyone was inside. The two suspects pulled out a box from a cupboard which they thought contained some cash but upon opening it was empty. Authorities said Maldonado confessed to shooting the victims.

Police spokeswoman Kristin Lowman said, as reported by ABC13, officers were called to the scene after an individual checked on the occupants of the apartment but got no response. Lowman said police later discovered that since 1 a.m. popping sounds had been heard. However, no one dialed 911.

The police spokeswoman further informed that there had been an argument between one of the suspects and one of the victims, reports Seattlepi. And added that there was no threat to the public or anyone in the apartment complex.

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