/ Modified may 15, 2024 10:32 a.m.

Police asking for community’s help in homicide investigation of UA Student

Erin Jones was killed at an off-campus party April 28.

Foster-TPD-1 Chief Doug Foster of Tucson Police Department’s Central Investigation Division shares nearby surveillance footage from an April 28 shooting at an off-campus party that killed 20 year-old University of Arizona student Erin Jones on Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Police need help identifying the individuals in the sedan.
Hannah Cree

The Tucson Police Department is asking for the public’s help in the investigation into the death of University of Arizona sophomore Erin Jones last month.

Jones died from gunshot wounds after an unknown individual opened fire at a college party on April 28.

At a press conference Tuesday morning, Captain Doug Foster of the Central Investigation Division said they had no reason to believe Jones’ death was targeted, but they need more information.

“Erin was simply attending a college party when she was struck by the crossfire of a senseless, brazen, and violent gun crime. We need to know what happened here, who was involved, who was present, and how we can get to the bottom of this, to bring justice for Erin, peace to her family, and a sense of safety in the Tucson community,” he said. “We're looking for cell phone video, pictures, any information that might give us any break in this case.”

TPD estimates that at least 200 people attended the party hosted by members of the University of Arizona football team at a rental house near the intersection of Country Club and 5th Street.

At the press conference, TPD presented surveillance camera footage from a nearby parking lot. Multiple bursts of gunfire are audible, and many partygoers are shown running away from the scene.

Three other people received “non-life threatening gunshot trauma,” according to police. Foster said investigators recovered at least 80 shell casings from the scene.

“The entire incident of gunfire, best we can tell, lasted over six and a half minutes running up and down Fifth Street,” he said.

At one point in the footage, a car with what appears to be a person hanging out of the passenger door with what police believe to be a firearm drives by. Foster said police need help identifying the individuals in that car, as well as the people seen fleeing the house in the footage.

Foster said anyone with information can contact the anonymous 88-Crime hotline.

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