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“Shooting victim, 19, Arizona freshman”

The victim in yesterday’s deadly shooting has been identified as Vincent Bohlman, a 19-year-old UA student known by his friends as “”Vinnie.””

Joseph Tylutki, 19, has been charged in the afternoon shooting that occurred five blocks east of the UA campus on the 2400 block of East Third Street. He claims he shot and killed Bohlman, his longtime friend, in self-defense after an argument, according to an interim complaint filed with Pima County Justice Court.

Inside the home, where Tylutki lived, officers found Bohlman dead from gunshot trauma with a knife in his hand, although a Tucson Police Department officer’s note within the complaint reads, “”Knife in hand appeared to be staged.””

A witness to the shooting, identified in the document as “”Garett,”” told TPD officers that he did not see Bohlman with a weapon.

Tylutki, who reported the shooting, was present at the house when officers arrived and detained without a struggle, said Dallas Wilson, TPD public information officer.

Tylutki is being held at Pima County Jail on charges of first-degree murder and illegal sale and manufacture of marijuana, a felony controlled-substance violation.

Police found five bags of marijuana packaged for sale in Tylutki’s room, according to the complaint. Police have said that “”finances”” led to the shooting, but could not be more specific and are releasing few details.

Tylutki’s bond is set at $750,000. A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 10 to determine whether Tylutki will be indicted by a grand jury.

Mike Leonardi, an undeclared sophomore who knew both Bohlman and Tylutki since grade school and on through Salpointe Catholic High School, said the situation was surprising to most who knew them. He said many other mutual friends do not believe Bohlman was the type of person to carry a knife with him.

“”Vinnie was a really easy-going guy,”” Leonardi said. “”He made a lot of mistakes, but he would never hurt anyone. He was friends with everyone.””

Leonardi also described Tylutki as a nice guy who came from a nice family, to which he was adopted, although there was always something a bit “”off”” with him.

“”He never really fit in that well,”” Leonardi said. “”It just kept getting worse and worse. I thought Joey might end up getting into trouble, but I never thought it would end up like this.””

Amy Adamcin, a business administration sophomore and the ASUA elections commissioner, also knew both men in high school.

She said she always thought of Tylutki as “”quiet”” but never believed an incident like this one would occur, as the two were always friends.

Tylutki was “”never disrespectful or mean,”” Adamcin said. “”I coached Joey’s sister. We all knew his family, and this is all really surprising.””

Longtime friends, both men had been involved with drugs.

Bohlman was due to appear in Justice Court tomorrow for charges of marijuana possession, use, intent to distribute and possession of paraphernalia after being arrested earlier this month when police found marijuana growing in his apartment, according to reports from The Associated Press.

-Kelly Lewis contributed to this report

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