2 Facing weapons charges after shooting at Avondale party

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Two men are facing weapons charges after a fight at a party ended with a moving gun battle in which two people were wounded.

It happened just after 1 a.m. Sunday in the neighborhood of Buckeye Road and 123rd Avenue.

According to court paperwork, a fight in the front yard of a home escalated into a gun battle during which "several shots were fired by several yet unidentified subjects."

Two people were wounded. Neither one has been identified, but both are expected to recover.

Police say Terrell Crawford, 22, admitted to officers that he fired a 9 mm handgun into the air three times. During a traffic stop, Crawford (above left) reportedly told police he got the gun from a friend's car after the initial shooting and fired into the air "out of fear." He turned that weapon over to police and was taken into custody for "unlawful discharge of a weapon."

Court paperwork shows that Crawford told police that he and a friend left the scene for their own safety, but returned to check on another friend who had been injured and take her to the hospital.

Lorenzo Taylor Jr., also fled the scene when bullets started flying. His vehicle reportedly was hit several times.

Like Crawford, Taylor returned, but fled once again when an off-duty sheriff's deputy arrived on the scene to help, according to court paperwork.

Once police detained Taylor, they discovered he was carrying "a small but usable amount of marijuana."

According to court paperwork, Taylor, who has a history of weapons offenses, admitted possessing the marijuana, as well as a sawed-off shotgun described by police as "an altered and prohibited weapon."

Police say a witness reported seeing Taylor, 23, get out of his vehicle with an AR15-style rifle that turned out to have been reported stolen. Taylor denied having that weapon.

A third person reportedly was arrested in the wake of the shooting, but police have not released any details about him or her.

The investigation is ongoing.