Teen shot at least 3 times after altercation in Surprise park

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SURPRISE, Ariz. – A teenager was shot in the back reportedly while running from suspects.

The shooting took place Wednesday evening near Bell Road and Greasewood in Surprise.

Officers went door to door with K9 units searching the neighborhood for two suspects while a Department of Public Safety helicopter hovered above.

Neighbors said they heard at least three shots being fired before 6 p.m. Police said the 17-year-old victim was at Bicentennial Park when some sort of altercation broke out.

According to witnesses, the teen fell and was shot once before getting up and running and being shot two more times.

Two suspects were seen fleeing the scene. One suspect was seen heading eastbound while the other ran northbound.

Police said the victim ran as far as he could for help, knocking on doors until he fell.

“My sister didn’t answer the door 'cause we don’t have a thing to look out and she’s just visiting so she didn’t answer the door at all,” Julie Chavez said.

“He was asking for help, said ‘help me help me,’" Sam Rodriguez said. "I told him to lay down … wait for police to get there."

Officers said they do not have a motive for the shooting but do not believe it was random or gang related.

The victim underwent surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital and is listed in critical, but guarded condition.

The two shooting suspects remain at large. At least one of them is described as a Hispanic man about 5 feet 5 inches tall wearing a gray sweatshirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Surprise police at 623-222-4000.