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61-year-old mother shot to death in East Valley, suspect arrested

The woman's son called 911 Monday morning and told police he and his mother had been shot.

PHOENIX — A 61-year-old mother was shot to death Monday morning by a stranger near Greenfield and Baseline roads, according to the Mesa Police Department.

At about 9:30 a.m., police received a call from a 27-year-old man who told the dispatcher he and his mother had just been shot. 

At the time of the shooting, the son was seated in a car parked next to another car that his mother was in.

The mother, identified as Antoinette Leotta, was pronounced deceased at the scene and the son was taken to the hospital for gunshot wounds to his legs. 

Kenneth Montgomery, 65, was taken into custody a short time later and allegedly admitted to shooting the mother and son, court records show.

Montgomery allegedly told police he did not feel guilty about shooting the victims because "anybody would have" done the same. 

The victims did not know Montgomery and considered him a stranger, according to police. 

Montgomery was booked into jail on charges of second-degree murder and aggravated assault. 

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