Search continues for shooter who opened fire at Phoenix park, killing one

PHOENIX - The search continues for a gunman who opened fire in the middle of a busy park in west Phoenix Thursday night-- leaving one man dead and a teenager injured.

Phoenix Police said it doesn't believe this was a random shooting. There were dozens of people at the park at the time, including children.      

We spoke with a witness who tried to help, but it was too late.

For him, a night at Dust Devil Park suddenly turned into a nightmare.

“I happened to look over as my kids happened to be getting a drink, and the gunman came by with his gun, put it out. At first I thought it was a cap gun, but he just kept shooting,” said a witness, who did not want to be identified.

He said he could smell the smoke from the gun.

“At the point he was running towards me, and everyone was running after him, I realized it wasn't a joke. People were crying and weeping,” he said.

He ran over to try to help the two victims, but for one it was too late.

“I'm just glad that nobody else got hurt,” he said.

Dershawn Stuard, 22, was killed and a 14-year-old boy was injured.

Phoenix Police said the victims were playing basketball right before the shooting. They said the teenage gunman fled the park near 106th Avenue and Camelback Road.

The witness said there were probably about 100 people out at the park between the basketball court, the skate park and the playgrounds.

He never expected this kind of violence to hit so close to home.

"It sucks man, you know you figure you buy a nice house in a nice area and you don't expect anything like this to happen," he said.

The victim leaves behind a fiance and a baby. The victim's mother believes she knows who the shooter is, however, did not elaborate.

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