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Father dead, juvenile son critically injured in shooting near 24th Street and Cactus

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Posted at 11:27 AM, Mar 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-28 17:13:09-04

PHOENIX — A father has died and his juvenile son was injured in a shooting Sunday morning, according to Phoenix police.

The incident occurred near 24th Street and Cactus Road sometime before 10 a.m. when police received a call of a family fight.

Preliminary information from police suggest the boy's mother attempted to pick him up from his father's home, when the parents began to fight outside the home.

The mother gets away from the father, identified by police as 53-year-old Amir Vetry, and Vetry then enters the home and multiple gunshots are heard by witnesses.

When police arrived on scene, they located the boy, who relatives say is 6 years old, with multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to the hospital.

The boy is expected to survive his injuries, police say.

Police located Vetry with what they believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a gun next to his body.

Vetry was also transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Immediate family members tell ABC15 that Vetry is an Army veteran.

Relatives also say the six-year-old boy was shot multiple times but is slowly recovering.