- A shooting at a downtown Phoenix motel on Sunday has left one 18-year-old woman dead and sent multiple victims to the hospital, police say. Several are in “extremely critical condition.”
- Two men got into a verbal altercation with a group at the motel, a police spokesman said, and then one allegedly took out a handgun and shot multiple times, a police spokesman said.
- Police say the alleged suspect is one of the people who was shot. They are still looking for another man who was with the alleged shooter.
A shooting in downtown Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday morning has killed an 18-year-old woman and sent multiple other victims to the hospital, according to Phoenix Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Armando Carbajal.
The shooting occurred at the Pay Less Inn, a 43-room motel not far from the Phoenix airport, around 11:30 am, according to local news reports.
Two adult men arrived at the motel and became involved in a heated verbal altercation with a group on the motel’s second floor when one of the men allegedly took out a handgun and shot multiple times, Carbajal said.
Six people total were shot, three male and three female, ranging in age from 18 to 41, according to Carbajal.
The six include both the 18-year-old woman and the alleged suspect, he said. Three of the victims are in “extremely critical condition” and one in serious condition, while another victim sustained only a minor injury.
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Police are still looking for another man, who Carbajal said was not necessarily involved in the shooting but was with the alleged shooter in the area, and they have shut down the street surrounding the Pay Less Inn for the search.
In spite of the ongoing search, “we don’t see a threat to the community at this time,” Carbajal said, speaking on a live webcast aired by Fox 10 Phoenix.
When the video stream was aired live, around mid-afternoon on Sunday, investigators were still arriving. Police hoped to have more information in the next few hours, Carbajal said.
The Phoenix Fire Department did not immediately return Insider’s inquiry.
Gun violence is a leading cause of death in the US, with gun deaths increasing to 37,200 in 2016.
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