PD: Gun battle leaves 1 dead, 3 wounded at Phoenix apartment complex

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Phoenix Police Lt. Mark Haimall meets with reporters at the crime scene. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Phoenix Police Lt. Mark Haimall meets with reporters at the crime scene. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Police officers swarm the shooting scene near Metro Center Mall. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Police officers swarm the shooting scene near Metro Center Mall. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Police officers swarm the shooting scene near Metro Center Mall. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Police officers swarm the shooting scene near Metro Center Mall. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Police officers swarm the shooting scene near Metro Center Mall. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Police officers swarm the shooting scene near Metro Center Mall. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Police officers swarm the shooting scene near Metro Center Mall. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Police officers swarm the shooting scene near Metro Center Mall. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

One man was shot and killed and three other people were wounded in an early-morning gun battle at a Phoenix apartment complex, officers said.

The man and two women were rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

A fourth victim, a 17-year-old girl, later appeared at a local hospital with gunshot wounds.

"(The girl) arrived at an area hospital with a non-life-threatening injury she had sustained as a result of this incident as well," Phoenix Police Lt. Paul Taylor said. 

The full extent of their injuries wasn't provided. Officers have not yet released any names.

“We’re still trying to work through actually what all occurred, who their identities are," Phoenix Police Lt. Mark Heimall said.

The shooting happened just before 5:30 a.m. Sunday at the Villages at Metro Center at 3116 W. Vogel.

“We only had one call on it,” Heimall said. “As officers began to arrive, we could hear continued gunshots coming from somewhere in the complex and 911 operators could also hear what sounded like gunshots.”

An apparent confrontation led to a gun battle.

“It appears there may have been an exchange of gunfire between suspects and victims,” Phoenix Police Lt. Paul Taylor said.

A neighbor, Charles Sisneros, said the gunfire woke him up. He told his wife and children to get on the floor and bullets flew.

“It was several clips," he said. "It was emptying a magazine and reload. That’s what is was, pop, pop, pop, pop and then pop, pop, pop, pop and pop, pop.”

Police investigators were trying to gather more details.

“There are indications it started inside but could have been outside as well,” Heimall said. “We do know there were several occupants in the apartment at the time the shooting occurred. There were multiple people that were struck and had been shot.”

As officers pulled up, one of them spotted a vehicle leaving the area.

“We don’t know if it was related to what occurred,” Heimall said. “It was a suspicious vehicle but it left with its lights out at a high rate of speed. We have very limited description.”

Officers were trying to locate witnesses who could shed light on the shooting.

“We did not encounter anybody who was armed,” he said. “We did not chase anybody on foot,” Heimall said.

The officer who spotted the suspicious vehicle could not get a good enough look at who was inside.

Taylor said police are looking for at least two suspects he described as Hispanic. Their ages or physical descriptions were not available.

Officers were sweeping through the complex looking for shell casings and other pieces of evidence.

[Google map: 3116 W. Vogel Ave.)

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