Suspects sought in North Phoenix shooting

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by azfamily.com

Video report by Karen Brown

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 13 at 11:48 AM

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PHOENIX -- Police are searching for the suspects in a North Phoenix shooting that left two people seriously wounded Friday night.

About 4 p.m., gunfire erupted in a normally quiet subdivision north of Bell Road near Second Avenue.

Police say the shooting began inside a home on the 200 block of West Helena Drive and continued outside on the street.

One person was reportedly shot inside the home and the other outside.

The victims, ages 43 and 27, were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sgt. Steve Martos said Saturday morning that although the victims sustained multiple gunshot wounds, their prognosis is good.

Neighbors say both victims live in the home involved.

"It was unnerving," said a retired New York police officer who lives nearby. "We shouldn't have to live like that. No one should."

The retired officer, who did not want to be named, said he took his kids to the laundry room after he heard the gunshots and told them to lie on the floor. He then grabbed his firearm and called 911.

He also said he witnessed a man fire three or four shots with a black semi-automatic handgun.

Sharon Nez said she saw a white car with three male occupants stop in front of her house and drive slowly down the street shortly before the shots were fired.

Nearby residents also reported hearing young people arguing.

Neighbors say they have seen other suspicious activity at the home since the occupants began renting it about six months ago.

Police say they are investigating whether the shooting was drug-related.

"It was terrifying," Nez said. "It was just too close to home."

Cactus View Elementary School on Central Avenue went on lockdown.

Police say they are searching for two or three suspects.

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