Law enforcement officers in the southwest region of Arizona are conducting a probe into a deadly shooting that occurred over the weekend, resulting in two fatalities and injuring five others, some of whom were teenagers. Those impacted by the violent event, which took place on Saturday night in a residential neighborhood of Yuma, were between the ages of 15 and 20, as stated by the Yuma Police Department.
According to CNN:
Officers responded shortly before 11 p.m. local time and found several gunshot victims who were all male, police said in a statement. Two of the victims – 19-year-old and 20-year-old men – were taken to the Yuma Regional Medical Center, where they were both pronounced dead.
The 19-year-old victim was transported to the hospital before police arrived at the scene, and the Yuma Fire Department took the 20-year-old victim to the hospital, the statement said. A 16-year-old boy was also taken to the same medical center and later flown to Phoenix with life-threatening injuries.
The injuries of the remaining gunshot victims aged 15, 16, 18 and 19 were not life-threatening, authorities said. Several off-duty officers who happened to be in the area also responded to the shooting, police said.
Investigators were interviewing several witnesses Sunday, said Yuma Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Lori Franklin, CNN affiliate KYMA reported. A suspect has not yet been taken into custody as authorities continue their investigation, according to the statement.
Last week, the Texas House moved forward a bill that would raise the minimum age for buying semiautomatic rifles. A House committee controlled by Republicans was responsible to bringing the bill to floor and age limit would be raised from 18 to 21. The Select Committee on Community Safety passed the bill with an 8-5 vote, as two Republicans sided with six Democrats.