Tucson Father Shoots, Kills Son’s Pick-Up Basketball Game Opponent

Tucson Police, on October 8, 2018, at approximately 8:30 p.m., were dispatched to the basketball courts at 655 N. Craycroft Road for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located 29-year-old Vashaun Baker on the ground with obvious signs of gunshot trauma.

Tucson Fire responded and immediately transported the victim to Banner University Medical Center, however; the victim succumbed to his injuries shortly after arrival.

Detectives were able to determine that Vashaun was playing basketball with several other individuals when he got into a physical altercation with one of the players. Immediately following the altercation, the other player involved (18-year-old) left the court and called his father, 38-year-old Paul John Alvarez. After learning about the altercation, Alvarez drove to the basketball court alone and asked the players if they knew who had been fighting with his son. Vashaun was still at the court and informed Alvarez that he was the one involved. Alvarez then pulled out a handgun and shot Vashaun multiple times. Alvarez fled the scene in his vehicle before police arrived.

During the shooting, one of the rounds struck the hood of an occupied vehicle that was parked in the parking lot. A mother and her 18-month-old child were seated in the front seat of the vehicle.

On October 9, 2018, just hours after the shooting, Alvarez turned himself into police. Alvarez was booked into the Pima County Jail on one count of First Degree Murder and two counts of Endangerment.

14 Comments on "Tucson Father Shoots, Kills Son’s Pick-Up Basketball Game Opponent"

  1. The Oracle of Tucson | October 10, 2018 at 6:12 am | Reply

    A fight, a shooting and a death all over a stupid basketball game?

    The Oracle

  2. Ever watch the adults (parents) at their childrens games? The words they use alone will make you sick.

  3. HANG HIM!

  4. I find this interesting that the father came to conclude this fight with his actions – our local COT representative has sent us a drug treatment center just over the wall from this BB court and church – the neighborhood has become dismal since, lots of breakin’s can’t go to the convenience stores for the large numbers of drug addict street presence – constant calls to the centers and stores to police who do nothing.. and this is next in the series of events that have transformed this neighborhood to a ghetto of bums and drug addicts.. thanks turn coat “neddle nose” at COT board. Been in this not bad neighborhood for over 25 years, I’m ready to move from what has been an imported slum.

    • Deborah Tsantis | October 10, 2018 at 11:11 am | Reply

      Good point BillyB. As if there was not enough crime in this sanctuary city, the COT brings more crime to your neighborhoods with drug treatment centers, with patients still actively involved with drugs and Section 8 Housing where some are drug dealers and/or drug users.

      As long as Tucsonans continue to vote for them,…they don’t need to learn what their job was supposed to be.

  5. OPEN BORDERS AND THE MEXICAN INVASION CONTINUE.
    IMPOTENT DADDY ALVAREZ WILL RETURN TO HIS SECOND HOME PRISON
    MAYBE SERVE 7 YEARS AND THEN ANOTHER PROBATION SO HE CAN HARM
    MORE AMERICANS. BOW DOWN AMERICA!

  6. WELCOME TO OBAMA’S MEXICAN CESSPOOL.

  7. MEXICANS CANNOT PLAY BASKETBALL.
    STICK TO SOCCER PUNTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. TUCSON IS MERGING WITH NORTHERN MEXICO. CLOSE THE BORDER CHECK POINTS OPEN THE BORDER
    AND ALLOW THE HISPANIC VIRUS TO DISEMBOWEL ARIZONA. CITY OF TUCSON WANT A SANTUARY CITY, DRUGS AND MORE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. WELCOME TO LITLE MEXICO. CARTELS AND CRIMINALS RUN THIS STATE.

  9. Ever think that Alvarez comes from a long line of US Citizens? Most Hispanics in Tucson come from families that were here for generations. Your GOP racism is showing Jon

  10. Jon listen to the roach clip podcast and shut your mouth jabroni.

  11. JON, ignorant piece of crap.

  12. It’s not about race its about someone loosing their life for no reason! We don’t talk about race when the school shootings happen, killing dozens of children do We! Ignorant “cesspools”

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