UPDATE: All victims identified in Globe mass shooting; Police chief says it was not a hate crime

The five victims have now been identified in the Nov. 11 mass shooting in downtown Globe that left two people dead and two others critically injured.

UPDATE: Globe Chief of Police Dale Walters announced Thursday evening that the third victim has died from the Nov. 11 mass shooting at Jammerz Bar, in Globe.

"Ashley Sanchez succumbed to her injuries and passed away with her family at her side at 3:18 p.m. today," he said in his statement. "Please keep the victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers."

Walters also confirmed that the defendant, Sterling Hunt, had an extradition hearing at San Carlos and that the extradition was granted. 

Hunt was arrested and transported to Gila County Jail, and had his initial appearance in Gila County Superior Court, said Walters, adding that Hunt was held on no bond.

 "Based on the tragic death of Ashley Sanchez, additional charges will be filed," Walters said.

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The five victims have now been identified in the Nov. 11 mass shooting in downtown Globe that left two people dead and two others critically injured.

In a 5 p.m. press conference Tuesday, Nov. 13, Globe Chief of Police Dale Walters said that Cristi Licano, 44, and Daniel Albo, 22, were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Victims Ashley Sanchez and Charlene (Charli) Peak, both age 22, “were airlifted to Valley trauma centers for their critical injuries,” he said.

Sanchez remains in critical condition and Peak is in stable condition, Walters said.

A fifth victim, identified Tuesday evening, is 32-year-old Scott Mills, who was shot at during the incident.

“Mills was able to run for cover and he was not hit by any of the gunman’s bullets,” Walters said.

At 10:29 p.m. Sunday, Globe police responded to the Jammerz Bar, 598 N. Broad St., after a report of shots fired.

“First responders encountered a mass shooting scene with multiple victims,” Walters said.

The Globe Fire Department also responded to the scene, rendering aid to the victims.

Walters announced that an arrest had been made in the case.

Twenty-two-year-old Sterling Randall Hunt, of Globe, remains in the custody of the San Carlos Apache Tribal Police Department, he said.

Hunt is a member of the Navajo Nation who was raised in Globe and was visiting a friend in San Carlos at the time, Walters said during a press conference the day before.

“Hunt will be extradited back to Gila County once he is released from San Carlos Police custody,” Walters said during the Tuesday evening press conference. “It should be known that the San Carlos Tribal Police and the entire San Carlos community have been extremely helpful and supportive in both the investigation and the court proceedings.”

Walters went on to say that, in conjunction with the Gila County Attorney’s Office, the Globe Police Department obtained charges against Hunt on Tuesday afternoon.

They are first degree murder charges for the deaths of Albo and Licano and attempted first degree murder for the Sanchez, Peak, and Mills. 

Walters went on to address “an issue that is very concerning not only to law enforcement but should be to our entire community.”

“We have absolutely no reason to believe this incident involved a hate crime or that it was racially motivated in any way,” he said. “We strongly believe – and have evidence – to support that this incident was the results of actions by one disturbed suspect who acted alone.”

A motive has not been identified and “may never be fully understood,” Walters said.

“We are pleading with everyone to allow law enforcement to handle this investigation to allow justice to be served without any further acts of violence or discrimination,” he said. “We cannot and will not condone violence in any form.

“Now is a time for healing,” Walters said. “The victims of the horrendous incident have asked that we come together and unite against violence.”

He again thanked the men and women of the Gila County Sheriff’s Office, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Gila County Attorney’s Office, both the Town of Miami and San Carlos Apache Police Departments, the Gila County Drug, Gang and Violent Crimes Task Force and the Tri-City Fire Department for their assistance.

Walters began Tuesday evening’s press conference by saying that the City of Globe “and our entire community in the Cobre Valley area” extend its sincere condolences to “the victims who have died as a result of this mass shooting incident” and their families.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with each victim, their families and their friends,” said Walters, also expressing his “deep appreciation of the support shown to the victims of this senseless crime” during the Nov. 12 candlelight vigil, held in downtown Globe.

 

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