A man is found dead in an alley early this morning on East 10th and Garfield in Amarillo.
The victim is 31-year-old Erik Mendoza of Amarillo.
Police say they were called out at 7:20 this morning on a shots fired report at East 10th and Garfield. When they arrived, there was no victim in sight.
Lieutenant Gary Trupe says when police arrived they did see a man wandering around the alley. The man then ran from police and hid in a dumpster. When officers found him, they also found a loaded gun.
And at the same time, they were told of a shooting victim who had been pronounced dead at an area hospital.
The pieces then started to come together. Trupe says witnesses said the man police found in a dumpster was who shot Mendoza.
That man has been taken to the Potter County Detention Center and is charged with murder.
Trupe also says there apparently was a party late Sunday night at the house near where Mendoza was shot.
Police say they are trying to figure out if an argument erupted or what triggered the shooting.