(UnitedVoice.com) – Americans are dealing with the aftermath of another mass shooting. This time it took place in Arizona near the US-Mexican border.
On Saturday, May 13, the Yuma Police Department received a report about a shooting at a gathering. When they arrived on the scene, they found seven shooting victims. Danny Garcia, 19, was taken to the hospital before law enforcement reached the location of the shooting, where he was pronounced dead. The Yuma Fire Department transported Ande Blackthunder, 20, to the hospital, but his injuries were too severe. Doctors also pronounced him dead.
Another teenager, a 16-year-old boy, was flown to Phoenix to receive treatment for life-threatening injuries. Four others, ages 15, 16, 18, and 19, were treated at a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. All five of the victims are recovering.
Police Chief Thomas Garrity held a press conference on Monday and revealed there were up to 100 people at a house party when the shooting took place. He said 30 rounds were fired.
Yuma’s Chief of Police Thomas Garrity speaks following a mass shooting this weekend.
He says 30 shots were fired at a house party with up to 100 people in attendance. Seven were hit by bullets, two attendees were killed. The other 5 victims went to hospitals and are recovering. pic.twitter.com/zOtJqLlR2r
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The shooting reportedly happened after an altercation broke out. Several off-duty officers responded to the incident and helped, including two off-duty Border Patrol agents and an off-duty California Highway Patrolman. The mother of one of the shooting victims told a local radio station that her 15-year-old “son was caught in the crossfire and shot in the leg.” She went on to say the bullet exited his leg near the back of his knee. Another bullet grazed his arm. The woman went on to say that she was “sickened, saddened and pissed off. We need to do better.”
Police have not arrested any suspects. The investigation is ongoing.
The Yuma Police Department is asking anyone with information to contact them at (928) 373-4700, or if they wish to remain anonymous, they can call 78-Crime at (928) 782-7463. There’s a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
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