One teenager has been killed, and two others are in critical condition following a shooting in a west Phoenix neighborhood on Wednesday. The victims, all identified as juveniles, were rushed to a nearby hospital, but authorities expect the injured teenagers to survive. The identities of the victims have not been released.
A shooting with multiple victims was reported just after 3:30 p.m. in the area of 39th Avenue and Roosevelt Street. Police confirm one person, only identified as a “juvenile male,” was deceased, and two other “juvenile males” are in a hospital but expected to survive. All three victims are teenagers, police say.
A related car crash that occurred before the shooting is also under investigation. A “juvenile” male was recently arrested in connection with the shooting. The announcement of the arrest came on Friday. Phoenix Police Department has yet to release the name of the alleged shooter or the victims.
It is the latest violent incident in an area plagued by violent incidents involving young victims.
The shooting took place in the vicinity of 39th Avenue and Roosevelt Street, prompting a swift response from local law enforcement. Gunshots were heard by witnesses in the area, and one resident described the scene as people emerged from their homes. A car that had crashed into a trailer was found nearby, adding to the confusion and chaos. An immediate investigation was launched, and police officials reassured the community that there was no ongoing danger.
Gun violence among young victims has been an ongoing concern in the Phoenix area. In recent weeks, several teenagers have lost their lives to tragic incidents. These include the assault-related death of 16-year-old Preston Lord, as well as gun violence incidents that claimed the lives of 18-year-old Joshua Carter, 17-year-old Hailey Stephens, 17-year-old Jemiere Jenkins, and 17-year-old Marc Leyva.
Those with relevant information are urged to come forward and assist in the investigation. Silent Witness is offering rewards for anonymous tips that could lead to an arrest in the case. The Phoenix Police Department is dedicated to finding justice for the victims and ensuring the safety of the community as the investigation into this most recent shooting continues.