Police still search for clues where innocent teen gunned down

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police officers served three gang-related search warrants in a neighborhood near 19th and Southern avenues Thursday morning.

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This is the same area where a 16-year-old girl was shot and killed earlier this month.

Melissa Vigil was in a truck with a friend very early the morning of Oct. 7. They had made a wrong turn and were backing up when an unidentified male fired into the truck several times.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department said today's warrants were specifically related to gang activity and that several people have been taken into custody.

Thompson said the crimes involved were aggravated assault, participating in a criminal syndicate and weapons violations.

"This investigation is in the beginning stages," Thompson said. More details are expected later in the day.

When asked if today's police activity was connected to Melissa's death, Thompson said investigators do not have any updates on that case.

"We're still looking for information from the community," he said. "We want anyone who has information to call Silent Witness. There's a $5,000 reward for information. We still desperately need information so that we can continue working on that case and bring it to a successful conclusion.

"We believe there's somebody out in the community who knows exactly what happened."