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UPDATE: Palm Springs Shooting Supspect Captured

George Severson

UPDATE: Palm Springs Shooting Supspect Captured

CREATED Jul. 5, 2012

PALM SPRINGS - The man police suspect of trying to kill anothe man outside a Palm Springs apartment complex early Wednesday morning was found later in the day and is now in police custody.

The suspect, 32-year-old Mario Abelon, was located in a home within the unincorporated area of Desert Hot Springs just before 6 p.m., according to PSPD Spokesman Mike Kovaleff.

Abelon was arrested without incident for the violation of attempted murder.

Earlier in the day, investigators say shots rang out Wednesday morning in Palm Springs sending one man to the hospital and launching a daylong search for Abelon who police say could face attempted murder charges.

The shooting happened around 5:30 Wednesday morning at the Andalucia Apartments on South Sunrise Way.
 
"This morning I heard somebody screaming like somebody was hurting them, and I knew something was wrong but i didn't really think much of it until they knocked on our door," Cynthia Garcia, a resident at the Andalucia Apartments said.
 
What she heard was a man being shot in the chest. A rude awakening for Garcia and her family who just moved into the complex Tuesday.
 
8 people were evacuated as the S.W.A.T. team canvased the complex.
 
"They were out with their guns at that other exit there and told me to go back inside the building for my own safety," said resident Mike Phillips. "I was just really shocked to find out that someone had been shot right here."
 
Abelon is being held at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in lieu of $1 million bail.
Arraignment is expected to take place Monday at the Larson Justice Center in Indio.
 
All persons arrested or identified as a suspect by police are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

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