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Goodyear residents concerned over desert shootings

Posted at 3:20 PM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 17:20:59-05

GOODYEAR, AZ — An illegal gun range is a little too close for comfort for Goodyear residents living near ISM Raceway.

Neighbors say, on a near nightly basis, thousands of rounds of ammunition can be heard from the range located deep into the Estrella River Bed.

"I know it's coming from back over there," said Mark Davy referring to the gun range.

"They're not just target shooting, they're shooting wildly. Last night, I was taking my dog out and I had rounds whizzing by my head in my back yard," said Davy. "I'm a firm believer in the Second Amendment right every American should have the right to own weapons and to use them in a responsible manner, this is not responsible, people out here are gonna get killed," said Davy.

Davy led ABC15 down to the entrance to the river bed, just outside it, nearly every sign in the area was riddled with bullet holes.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Department said they are aware and concerned about what's happening in the area, but jurisdictional issues have slowed their response.

"They've told my fellow residents that they don't have the vehicles to get back there, ATV's or four-wheel drive vehicles to get back there to encounter these guys," said Davy.

Concerns are being raised less than a year after a 24-year-old woman was killed by a stray bullet from a Buckeye shooting range managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

"I'm still shaking today, you can tell in my voice, it's very scary," said Davy.

Officials said they are currently devising a plan of attack to stop the illegal shooting range for good.