2 Injured in early morning home invasion, 3-4 suspects on the loose

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PHOENIX – Police are searching for three or four Hispanic males in connection with an early morning home-invasion shooting that investigators believe was drug related.

It happened at about 3:30 a.m. Monday at a home near 67th Avenue and Thomas Road. The first calls came from neighbors who reported gun shots in the neighborhood.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found one victim who had been shot. That person was taken to a local hospital. While his condition was not immediately available, his injuries reportedly were not life-threatening.

The second person had been pistol whipped. That person reportedly was treated at the scene. Video showed two people, one of them with a bandage on his head, sitting on the sidewalk outside the home.

Investigators said the suspects might have been looking for drugs inside the home.

According to Lt. Jeff Pierce of the Phoenix Police Department, the suspects forced their way into the house and ransacked it.

“It was probably dug related,” Pierce said. “There was some marijuana that was located in one of the rooms.”

Investigators do not have a good description of the suspects -- only that they were Hispanic males.

Detectives are interviewing the residents of the home to try and determine if it was specifically targeted and if the victims might have been acquainted with the suspects.