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By Joseph Altman Jr. and D. Shayne Christie
Arizona Daily Wildcat
January 22, 1997

Dispute sparks fatal shooting near nightclub

A 20-year-old Tucson man died Monday after being shot early Sunday morning near The Rock nightclub, just one-half mile south of the University of Arizona.

Mark Hunter Jr., of the 3000 block of Calle Cisne, was shot about 1:30 a.m. after driving away from an altercation in the parking lot of the nightclub, 136 N. Park Ave., said Sgt. Eugene Mejia, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

Mejia said that after the altercation, Hunter drove south on North Tyndall Avenue toward East Broadway Boulevard. Meanwhile, the gunman was turning northbound on Tyndall from Broadway when he fired three rounds at Hunter's vehicle, Mejia said. One bullet struck Hunter in the head.

Hunter's vehicle then accelerated across Broadway and struck a utility pole, Mejia said. The downed pole disrupted power to 1,200 homes for about 80 minutes, said Alan Bunnell, a Tucson Electric Power Co. spokesman.

A passenger in Hunter's vehicle was also injured as a result of the collision, but those injuries were not life-threatening, Mejia said.

Hunter was taken to University Medical Center, where he died Monday at about 5 p.m.

Police are looking for the gunman, identified by witnesses as a black man in his early 20s who was driving a light blue two-door Honda Civic.

Mejia said Hunter and the gunman had a long-standing feud that may have led to Sunday's confrontation. He also said a preliminary investigation did not indicate anyone involved in the incident was a UA student.