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Man murdered at Cantera Apartments in east El Paso identified

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El Paso police are investigating the city's 12th homicide of 2017. It happened at the Cantera Apartments on Lomaland in East El Paso just before 2 a.m. on May 7.

Police identified the victim as 23-year-old Tyler Kaden Croke of El Paso. No suspects have been arrested.

The El Paso Police Department's Mobile Command Center was out at the apartments for a full day investigating.

Police said when officers responded just before 2 a.m., they found one man dead inside the apartment. Police said during the investigation, they found out there was some kind of fight before the murder happened.

One neighbor KFOX14 spoke with said he lives in the building where the homicide happened. He did not want to be on camera, but told CBS4 he heard around six gunshots.

"I heard everything like around 1:30 in the morning," the neighbor said. "I heard something. I thought it was fire crackers going off. I thought it was odd. I was like, 'Man, what? What's going on?' But I really didn't pay no mind to it. I went back to sleep, and the next thing I know I was waking up by the cops just banging on the windows and the door."

"We heard popping noises. I thought it was fireworks or something," said neighbor Ernie Gutierrez.

"I kind a got worried because I was like, there's no fireworks? It's not Fourth of July!" said neighbor Deshawn Boyd.

"My mom is actually disabled, so it freaked my mom out because she was trying to figure out what was going on," the unidentified neighbor said.

Gutierrez said he thinks he saw the suspect, or suspects, leaving the scene.

"We just saw young teenagers, maybe 18 or 19 years old," Gutierrez said. "We saw the kids, the young gentlemen. They were right there across the street on the top balcony on the top floor. And we saw them run into their car and they left."

"I hope it's not a random shooting that does happen again. That would be horrible because there's kids that live over here," Boyd said.

"It's kind of scary. This is already the second thing that has happened here," Gutierrez said.

There was a SWAT situation in this same complex back in November.

"It really shows you like, you don't know who you are living by," Boyd said.

Anyone with information regarding the circumstances of this case is asked to call the El Paso Police Department at (915) 832-4400 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers of El Paso at (915) 566-TIPS (8477).

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