Sunday shooting at the Knolls leaves one serious, one stable

By Linda Bentley | March 25, 2009

CAVE CREEK – A Saturday night confrontation led to the 5:40 a.m. Sunday shooting of two men in their 20s residing at 6057 E. Knolls Way S. by a suspect reported to be a 43-year-old Desert Storm veteran, who Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies have taken into custody.

According to a spokesperson for Rural/Metro, following their late-night conflict, the vet returned to the Knolls subdivision early Sunday morning and fired four shots through the victims’ door with a large caliber weapon, likely a .45, hitting each man once.

Both men were taken to John C. Lincoln with one man reported to be in stable condition after a bullet first went through his arm and then penetrated his chest. The other man, who was shot through the neck, was reported to be in serious condition.

The unit where the incident took place is owned by Jay Remington. However, he is not believed to be involved and the home, which appears to be a rental, entered foreclosure on Feb. 9, 2009 with a trustee sale scheduled for sometime in May.

MCSO said the incident is under investigation and has not disclosed the names of any of the parties.

According to a former neighbor, however, Samuel James Parker, 26, was living in that unit and most likely one of the victims.

The former neighbor said there was illegal activity ongoing at that unit, one of the main reasons he chose to move.
Parker does indeed have a record which includes shoplifting and underage consumption of alcohol when he was 18.

He’s also been arrested for threatening and intimidating with intent to injure or damage to property, possession and use of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and a host of probation violations that sent him to jail from time to time.

Parker is currently on probation for a drug paraphernalia charge. Parker was arrested in 2004 with Eric Scott Murray, 26, who was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Murray pled guilty to a DUI in 2006, to criminal littering/pollution in Payson last August and has had an assortment of traffic violations over the years.

It’s unknown if Murray was one of the two shooting victims.