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2 killed, 2 hurt in Mesa nightclub shooting; 3 detained after pursuit

It started around 2:20 a.m. as officers responded to a shooting at the Lounge Soho near Southern Avenue and Longmore.
Published: Jun. 5, 2022 at 6:24 AM MST|Updated: Jun. 5, 2022 at 3:27 PM MST
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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Mesa police say three people have been detained after a shooting that left two men dead and 2 others hurt outside of a nightclub early Sunday morning.

It started around 2:20 a.m. as officers responded to a shooting at the Lounge Soho near Southern Avenue and Longmore. As police showed up, they saw someone speeding off from the nightclub. Officers pursued the car, which ended six miles away at Southern Avenue and Hardy Drive. Authorities detained three people. Police say two men were found lying in the nightclub’s parking lot. Sgt. Chuck Trapani says the men died at the scene, and detectives are working on identifying them. Police also said two other people, including a security guard, were taken to the hospital but are expected to be okay.

Detectives are still working to piece together what led up to the shooting. Video from the scene showed much of the plaza blocked off with crime scene tape. Officers say they found a handgun close to the nightclub as they retraced the path of the vehicle pursuit.

Sunday’s shooting comes just 24 hours after a shooting at a north Phoenix strip mall left a 14-year-old girl dead and eight others seriously hurt. Less than a mile away from that shooting, a teenage boy was shot and killed outside his home. Detectives ask anyone with information, including those who might have heard or seen something, to come forward and help the police.