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Man Shot and Killed During a Fight in Desert Hot Springs

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Ca. -
Police have arrested three people in connection to a fatal shooting that ended the life of 39-year-old Damon Capacchione.

"I miss him a lot and I wish you guys didn't shot him," expresses Mario Cruz, grieving his brother's death.

Capacchione was shot Wednesday night around 6:20 p.m in the 12700 block of Parma Drive.

Police received several calls of a fight and shots being fired, and when they arrived they found the victim lying on the ground with a gunshot wound.

Cruz says his brother was hanging out at a friend's house.

"It just turned from one small altercation into a tragedy," adds Cruz, "People need to keep their houses and use them for real emergencies not just to pick on your neighbor or squash out a fight."

According to Cruz, his brother was not armed during the fight, but police haven't been able to confirm details.

"It was just a senseless act, someone got hurt. Someone lost their life," shares Jaime Griffin, one of Capacchione's friends.

Cruz says his brother was no angel and had a criminal history. In fact, he says, Capacchione was just released out of jail one week ago, but for once, he was trying to change his life around.

"He was strong-minded, kind of from the wrong side of the tracks, but he was on his way to the right side of the tracks," adds Cruz, "I just got out of the military not to long ago, so I was trying to put him on that path."

Police are investigating the incident and have arrested three suspects in connection to the shooting.

Meanwhile, Capacchione's friends and family remember him in a good light.

"I want him to be remembered as a strong-minded person. Tough on the outside, but really really sweet on the inside if you get to know him," says Cruz.

He adds some type of vigil will be planned in remembrance of his brother, and in the meantime, if you'd like to help out with funeral costs, contact him at (760) 423-2608.

Anyone with information was asked to call police at (760) 329-6411, ext.2, or Coachella Valley Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-7867.
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