Phoenix – A teenager was killed and eight others were injured in a shooting at a nearby strip mall 10th Avenue and Hutcher Overnight, according to Phoenix police.
Police say a fight broke out between several groups after 1 a.m. on June 4, when about 100 people reportedly gathered for a party. It escalated into a series of shootings inside the building, in the parking lot, and on the street.
“Several rounds were fired at the crowd and they fled the area,” police said.
An unidentified 14-year-old girl died at a hospital.
Two women are in life-threatening condition and five men and a teenage boy have been shot, but they are expected to be fine.
The shooter was not caught and no suspicious details were given.
‘This will not happen’
“I was nearby. I heard it. It’s sad, but young people, stay awake guys,” said Theresa Juan, a Phoenix resident. “I saw the kids running up and telling me to hide. Where it was, it’s true. I told them the police were there and it’s good to come out. They’m young. Young women.”
Police say there was no sign of intrusion or trespassing when someone picked up a handgun and started firing.
“Someone has arrived. An argument turned into a gunfight,” Williams said.
Kristle Nay says her mother was sleeping in a tent near the shooting and heard the whole thing.
“You never know where these bullets will fall from and who they are going to hit. If there are kids or your pets or anything, it’s scary. It’s not going to happen,” Nye said. It was the third person she saw in the building, while others brought in people who did not live in the area.
“It’s sad and scary. These are a bunch of strangers who are not from our community. They bring problems. We have enough problems here,” Nye said.
Scene of a mass shooting investigation in North Phoenix.
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