GLENDALE, AZ - Police say an 18-year-old man is fighting for his life. He was found with a gunshot wound Friday morning near an apartment building in Glendale.
According to Tracey Breeden, with Glendale police, citizens called 911 after hearing gunshots. It happened around 5 a.m., near 67th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. The victim was found in an empty lot adjacent to the Montebello Apartments.
The man, who police have not yet identified, was taken to a hospital for treatment. Officers were seen searching the vacant lot and apartment complex with a police dog.
Around 7 a.m., Breeden told ABC15 a man was taken into custody nearby. We are calling him "an investigative lead" and not a suspect, she said. Glendale police would not say whether other people were involved.
Bibiana Pacheco lives at Montebello Apartments with her husband and 2-year old son. She said they are moving once their lease is up.
"Thank God," Pacheco said. "We tried to leave (the first month) we were here."
Pacheco said she is concerned for other families and children who live here. "It's a bad neighborhood (but rent) is cheap," she said.
"We don't go out after dark," her husband said.
Pacheco said she heard at least three shooting in the past few weeks. She walked us through the complex and showed us bullet holes on the wall outside her apartment. There were at least four holes in three separate areas of the complex.
"Our bed is right (by the window)," she said. "I don't know who's not doing their job (but it seems people are getting away with it)."
Breeden said that she had no knowledge of another shooting at this location recently.
It's been awhile since I've been out here, she said.
Many families, with children, were outside the apartment Friday. They watched as police swarmed the neighborhood. Police were seen questioning potential witnesses throughout the complex.
Many told us that they have heard a lot of gunshots over the past few months.
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