Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- An Arizona man has been charged with murder in connection with a fatal shooting at a Superior business on Thursday.
41-year-old Juan Leonardo Padilla has been charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide after authorities responded to a report of gun shots heard in the parking lot of 1000 Genesis Drive in Superior.
When they got to the scene officers found 46-year-old Terrance Rodney Luukonen sitting in a car with the driver’s side window broken inward. Police reports indicate it was broken by a gunshot. Authorities say that Luukkonen had a gunshot wound to the left side of his head.
Luukkonen is remembered by his teammates on the broomball team 'The Machine.' They gathered Friday in Canal Park to highlight their leader's humor and compassion.
"You feel like you'd knew him forever," said his friend and teammate Eric O'Heara. "He cared about people caring about each other. He cared about making everyone better. He was an amazing person."
Luukkonen's teammates, young and old, teared up talking about their lost friend. They described him as an avid athlete that took broomball and softball seriously, but at the same time, made everyone feel comfortable.
"I'm going to miss his goofy laugh," said O'Heara "It was one of those laughs that are contiguous; just a quality guy."
Luukkonen was rushed to the hospital in Duluth, but died shortly after arrival on Thursday.
Authorities say that Luukonen's fiance contacted police and identified the suspect as Padilla. The woman said she had dated the suspect in Arizona in 2011. She said Padilla had a military and/or law enforcement career and worked in Duluth for a short time.
The woman said about a month ago, she told Padilla she was breaking off the relationship with him because she was engaged to be married to another man. She told police Padilla was upset and allegedly made threats against her fiance.
The woman says Padilla then showed up in the Twin Ports and was staying at the Allendale Motel on Cody Street in Duluth. She claims Padilla had cut the brake lines on her fiance's car and slashed his tires.
The woman says she confronted Padilla about the incident.
Authorities say they located Padilla at the Allendale Motel and have taken him into custody. Officials are currently in the process of extraditing the suspect from Duluth to Superior.
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