Teen, 2 men shot in apparent drive-by; suspects on the loose

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PHOENIX – Police are searching for at least two suspects in connection with a triple shooting Tuesday night.

It happened shortly before 10 p.m. in the neighborhood of 23rd Avenue and Indian School Road in Phoenix.

According to members of the victims’ families, a 25-year-old was shot in the neck, a 20-year-old was shot in the leg and a 14-year-old was shot in the buttocks.

All three victims are males. All three were taken to a local hospital.

Family members say the 14-year-old has been released already. Both the 19-year-old and the 24-year-old remained in the hospital Wednesday morning. Their conditions were not immediately available, but family members told 3TV the young men are expected to recover.

Police are still trying to piece together exactly what happened, but according to the family, the trio was simply walking down the street when a car drove by made, made a U-turn and then drove back by the victims.

According to the family, words reportedly were exchanged and then bullets started flying. Witnesses reported hearing three or four shots.

The vehicle, described by witnesses as a maroon four-door car, fled the scene. Family members and witnesses said they did not recognize either the car, possibly a Ford Taurus, or those inside.

Thompson said police believe there were two people in the car, both Hispanic males. Detectives believe the passenger was the gunman. Investigators do not have any other description of either the car, which fled northbound, or its occupants.

Residents of the area said they are not surprised by the apparent drive-by shooting, but they are scared.

“This neighborhood used to be really quiet, but it’s just changing,” said one man whose elderly parents live in the neighborhood.

At this point, it’s not clear if the victims might have known the suspect or suspects or if this was a random incident.

If you have any information about what happened Tuesday night in the area of 23rd Avenue and Indian School, you’re asked to call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151.