Gunfire in nature wetland has nearby residents concerned

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Tres Rios Wetlands (Source: City of Phoenix) Tres Rios Wetlands (Source: City of Phoenix)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A peaceful wilderness in the west Valley is being used as a shooting area for some gun owners and it's too close to home for nearby residents.

The Tres Rios Wetlands is a 500-acre oasis near Broadway Road and 91st Avenue, where waste water is recycled back into the environment.

Phoenix Police Sgt. James Spross keeps an eye on the wetlands as part of his regular beat with the Phoenix police.

More and more people are using the spectacular spot as their own gun range. Spross says, "It's only a matter of time before we get somebody shot."

Brandon Brown and his family live on a small farm adjacent to the wetlands, and he's been complaining about the gunfire for years.

Brown said, "it's not target practice...it's assault rifles."  Brandon says his pick-up truck has been hit by gunfire multiple times over the years.

 "The reason I bought this property was to let the kids enjoy the outside, but we start hearing shots we go in the house," said Brown,  "it's horrible...we're like prisoners in our own home."

Our focus now is to increase public awareness about shooting in the area and the penalties for those caught doing so, said Brown.

Phoenix police want to encourage people to visit the nature park, as long as they log in and get a free permit on the City's website

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