PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Ty Magitt has seen crime in his community, but nothing like it. “I don’t know if they were shooting at each other, shooting in the air, or shooting back and forth,” Magitt said. “I don’t know where the shots were going, but it wasn’t bad.”
Surveillance video from Saturday morning shows a crowd of people running and screaming after several suspects began shooting outside a party off 10th Avenue and Hatcher Road in Phoenix. A 14-year-old girl was killed and eight others were injured in the shooting.
The Phoenix business owner said he was in his office working late when the party at the mall across the street got out of control. He estimates that between 100 and 200 youths were hanging out in the street and in a few parking lots when several people pulled out guns and opened fire. “I was inside, it shook me, so I got out, opened the door and saw the whole race, and went back inside,” Magitt said. “Whoever did this has no remorse, no remorse because he saw all the children here. Maybe they were children themselves, whatever it was, with no remorse for life.
Video from a nearby surveillance camera obtained exclusively by the Arizona family captured the chaotic scene as gunfire filled the air.
Phoenix police told Arizona’s Family the party was advertised on social media and drew attendees from across the valley. It’s unclear if the office space was rented to host the party or if someone snuck in to host the event.
Detectives are asking the public for help in tracking down the shooters. So far, no arrests have been made. “Some of the challenges are, for witnesses to come forward and speak up,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Philip Krynsky. “A lot of people were there, so a lot of things happened. Some of the victims fled the scene and were taken to different hospitals.
Neighbors said it was not the first time a party had been held at the mall, nor was it the first time shots had been fired. Magitt has a bullet hole in one of his cars ahead of a recent party. “It’s an office space, not a pool table, or a place to have parties,” Magitt said. “Someone should be held accountable.”
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