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1 dead, 8 injured at Phoenix strip mall shooting near 10th Avenue and Hatcher Road

10th Ave Hatcher Rd shooting
Posted at 5:31 AM, Jun 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-05 10:27:40-04

PHOENIX — Police are investigating a deadly mass shooting in north Phoenix.

Just before 1 a.m. Saturday, Phoenix police officers were called to the area of 10th Avenue and Hatcher Road, north of Dunlap, for reports of shots fired.

When officers arrived they found multiple people with gunshot wounds.

A total of nine people were taken to a hospital for treatment.

One person, identified as a 14-year-old female, died from injuries sustained during the shooting, Phoenix police said.

Two others, both adult females, are being treated for life-threatening injuries. Six people, including a teenage male, are hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The shooting happened at a strip mall while about 100 people were in the area. Officials said people were both inside and outside of the building which appeared to have a party taking place.

During the initial investigation, detectives learned an altercation between multiple parties escalated into a shooting.

"I heard over a hundred gunshots going off. I heard people doing burnouts and doing donuts in the street for probably a good hour and a half prior to gunshots going off," said a woman who didn't want to reveal her name.

The witness says after she heard gunshots, she also heard screaming and saw people running.

"A group of people that just started running in every direction. I, myself, was like hiding behind cars as the shots kept getting closer and closer."

Officials said they have not determined how many shooters were involved but evidence indicates a handgun was used.

No arrests have been made in connection to the shooting.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego responded to the shooting on Twitter writing, "Time has run out. Change must happen now."

Hatcher Road is closed to traffic from 7th Avenue to 15th Avenue until further notice.

Anyone with information, especially video footage, is urged to call the Phoenix Police Department or Silent Witness at 480(WITNESS) or 480(TESTIGO) for Spanish.