Old traffic altercation might have sparked deadly shooting

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AVONDALE -- Police believe some kind of traffic altercation several days ago sparked a quadruple shooting that left one teen dead and sent three others to the hospital.

Motive not clear

It happened about 9:30 Wednesday night near 109th Avenue and Pima.

Police said there was some kind of fight before the shooting.

When police arrived on the scene, they found that three people had been wounded and a fourth had died, said Lt. Dale Nannenga of the Avondale Police Department.

"They had differences that occurred several days ago, possibly with some type of traffic altercation, which spilled over into the shooting we had last night," Nannenga said.

According to investigators, a total of about five shots were fired.

Police were going to serve a search warrant on a home in the area as part of their investigation.

The alleged shooter, an 18-year-old male, is in police custody, but he has not been charged yet.

Neighbors said shootings in the area are becoming all too common.

"It doesn't scare us any more," said Carmelita Contreras. "But these [gunshots] sounded really, really loud."

The conditions of the three wounded teens are not known but their injuries reportedly were not life threatening.

Police have not released the names of the victims or that of the suspect.