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Teenager dead, man hurt after Saturday morning shooting in Laveen

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Posted at 7:56 AM, Jan 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-23 01:04:12-05

LAVEEN, AZ — Police said a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed early Saturday morning and that the shooting may have followed an earlier argument and vehicle crash.

Officers responded to the area of 43rd Avenue and Vineyard Road, which is north of Baseline Road, around 3:30 a.m. Saturday following reports of a shooting. There, officers found a man and a teenager both with gunshot wounds.

The teenager, later identified as Isaac Gonzales, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other man, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Family shared a photo of Gonzales with ABC15.

Police said it is believed that the two exchanged gunfire after being involved in a car crash. Further details about the crash and shooting have not been released.

For the neighborhood though, neighbors ABC15 spoke with Saturday afternoon said they were awoken early to the sound of gunfire, followed by flashing lights from emergency crews and first responders.

“At first I heard a pop, pop,” said someone in the neighborhood, who did not want to provide their name. “And then I heard a couple more pops."

She said she heard a car's engine rev, followed by what sounded like tires squealing. Details of the crash are unknown.

Another neighbor, John Nagy, said he was awoken by flashing police lights.

“There were about 10 casings. They had them all marked off,” he said.

“I saw probably 10 cop cars, and everything was all roped off,” he added.

Saturday afternoon a tow truck arrived to remove one of the vehicles.

Another neighbor woke up to find a bullet hole in one of her second-floor windows, which led to the baby's nursery. That neighbor did not want to talk on camera, but did let ABC15 crews in their home to see the damaged window.

Family also created a GoFundMe link to assist with funeral expenses.