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Suspect broke into Phoenix home before shooting ex and other man, police say

The shooting took place in the area of 22nd Street and Beardsley Road.

PHOENIX — A man is accused of breaking into a Phoenix home Monday morning before killing his ex and another man.

The shooting happened in a neighborhood near Loop 101 and Cave Creek Road around 7:15 a.m. Police said Steven Love-Mason, 27, knocked on the door and forced his way inside when someone answered.

At that point, investigators said Love-Mason shot and killed 28-year-old Trystan Benallie and 23-year-old Martin Louis.

Love-Mason allegedly fled the scene but was later arrested by Phoenix police.

Investigators said Love-Mason and Benallie used to be partners.

Police said witnesses identified Love-Mason as the suspect. One witness said they saw Love-Mason listening outside of Benallie's apartment with his ear to the door. 

Another said he asked the witness to knock on Benallie's door. Once Benallie answered, officials said Love-Mason forced his way inside. The witness reported hearing multiple gunshots inside. 

A 3-year-old child was found inside of the apartment when officers responded. 

Arizona's Silent Witness program allows people to send in tips and share information about crimes happening within their local communities. 

The program shares unsolved felony case information in multiple ways, including TV, radio and social media. 

Anyone who has information on a crime or recognizes a suspect described by the program is asked to call 480-948-6377, go to the program's website online or download the Silent Witness app to provide a tip. The identity of anyone who submits a tip is kept anonymous. 

Calls to Silent Witness are answered 24/7 by a live person and submitted tips are accepted at all times. Submitted tips are then sent to the detective(s) in charge of the specific case. 

Individuals who submit tips that lead to an arrest or indictment in the case can get a reward of up to $1,000. 

Have a tip? Submit it on the Silent Witness tip form here. 

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