Lubbock Police are searching for a person of interest in a deadly shooting overnight.
Investigators tell NewsChannel 11 that the shooting happened just before midnight Monday in the 500 Block of East 36th Street. That's where police found the victim, 40-year-old Joshua Sarate lying in the middle of the street.
Witnesses told investigators that Sarate was talking to a suspect in a white sedan just before the shooting. Authorities say the two got into some sort of argument, and Sarate was shot. The suspect left the scene, and Sarate was later pounced dead at University Medical Center.
Police identified a person of interest in this case around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. They want to question Ricky Pena III. Pena currently has an outstanding warrant on an unrelated charge. He also has a tattoo of a demon on his right inside forearm.
Pena's last known address was in Lubbock, and investigators believe he is still in the area.
"We do consider this person armed and dangerous, so do not approach. Please either call 911, the police non-emergency line, or Crime Line, and let's see if we can get some help finding this person," Lubbock Police Lt. Jon Caspell said.
He tells NewsChannel 11 they believe Sarate knew the suspect before Monday night's shooting.
"We believe that's probably a strong possibility; we can't confirm that yet, but we believe there was some type of prior relationship," Lt. Caspell said.
If you can help police find Pena for questioning, or if you have any information about this deadly shooting, police are asking you to call Crime Line at (806)741-1000.
We'll keep on top of this search, and bring folks the latest on NewsChannel 11 at 5 and 6.