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As kids get haircuts, father slain outside

Citizen Staff

By DAVID J. CIESLAK

dcieslak@tucsoncitizen.com

A father of four was shot to death yesterday as he sat in a car with his 15-year-old son waiting for his two daughters and his other son to get their hair cut, police said.

Hector Fuentes, 37, was parked in front of a beauty salon in the 200 block of West Irvington Road, near South Ninth Avenue. No one else was injured in the 4:45 p.m. shooting, police said.

Fuentes, of South Mission Road, was taken by ambulance to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 7 p.m., said Sgt. Judy Altieri, a police spokeswoman.

Altieri would not say how many times Fuentes was shot, but acknowledged he was hit more than once. Fuentes’ Ford Expedition appeared to have at least six bullet holes in the driver’s side door and window.

Police are searching for the shooter and at least one other man. The suspects fled immediately after the attack.

Witnesses told police two men got out of a gray passenger car and began walking around Fuentes’ vehicle.

Fuentes then put the Expedition in reverse and began to back up, Altieri said.

“That is when he was approached by the shooter and the shooter shot into the driver’s side,” she said.

A man who said he witnessed the shooting told the Tucson Citizen he heard six shots, and saw a man run away from the truck.

The witness said the man then got in the gray car and drove west on Irvington.

Witnesses described the shooter as a man in his 30s with dark skin, a medium build and a thick mustache.

Police last night recovered the gray passenger car they believe was driven by the suspects. Investigators would not say where it was found.

Police asked that anyone with information about the shooting call 911 or 88-CRIME, the county attorney’s anonymous tip line.

PHOTO CAPTION: XAVIER GALLEGOS/Tucson Citizen

Bullet holes are visible in this Ford Expedition after the driver was shot to death in a beauty salon parking lot on West Irvington Road.

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