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Construction debt dispute leads to fatal shooting

A Hesperia man was fatally shot Sunday allegedly over a dispute about a construction debt. (Google Maps)

December 5, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A Hesperia man was fatally shot Sunday allegedly over a dispute about a construction debt, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Dept.

Sheriff's deputies from the Hesperia station were called to a residence at 16600 Sequoia St. at 8 p.m. Sunday. A 911 call reported gunshots fired and a man possibly shot.

Deputies arrived at the location and surrounded it. The residents, including suspect Moses Echavarria, 32, came outside, and Echavarria was taken into custody, according to the sheriff's department.

A subsequent homicide investigation revealed Hesperia resident Andrew Battaglia, 29, had been shot, and a second victim had been assaulted after the two men and two others had shown up at the residence to discuss a construction debt.

A physical confrontation ensued, and Battaglia was shot.

Battaglia's friends had transported Battaglia to Desert Valley Hospital before deputies arrived at the scene. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The second victim, a 58-year-old Hesperia resident who was not identified, was treated at a local hospital for facial injuries.

Echevarria was interviewed by homicide detectives and booked for murder at West Valley Detention Center. He was held without bail.

The investigation remained ongoing Monday.

Anyone with information related to the case should contact homicide detectives at (909) 387-3589. Callers wanting to remain anonymous can contact We-Tip at (800) 78-CRIME.

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