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Crime Children among at least 7 people injured in drive-by shooting in Arizona: Police

23:05  17 october  2020
23:05  17 october  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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At least seven people, including children, were injured in an apparent drive-by shooting Friday night in Mesa, Arizona, authorities said.

a store inside of a car: Police officers stand in a parking lot following a shooting that took place the night of Oct. 16, 2020, in Meza, Ariz. © ABC15 Police officers stand in a parking lot following a shooting that took place the night of Oct. 16, 2020, in Meza, Ariz.

The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. local time in a parking lot where a crowd was gathered, police said.

Police officers stand in a parking lot following a shooting that took place the night of Oct. 16, 2020, in Meza, Ariz. © ABC15 Police officers stand in a parking lot following a shooting that took place the night of Oct. 16, 2020, in Meza, Ariz. A police officers stand in a parking lot following a shooting that took place the night of Oct. 16, 2020, in Meza, Ariz. © Community Tap News/Phil Martinez via Reuters A police officers stand in a parking lot following a shooting that took place the night of Oct. 16, 2020, in Meza, Ariz.

"It appears a vehicle drove by and opened fire on a crowd gathered here in the corner," Mesa Police Department spokesperson Detective Nik Rasheta said at a press briefing following the shooting.

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One of the victims was in critical condition with a life-threatening injury, Rasheta said in a statement issued on Saturday. Some victims are younger than 18, he added.

No suspects have been located or detained yet, police said.

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Officers and investigators were processing the scene on Saturday and speaking to witnesses. Footage of the scene captured by ABC Phoenix affiliate KNXV showed what appeared to be a pop-up event, with tents set up in the parking lot.

"We're in the early stages of trying to find out who did this, and what motive there might have been for this incident," Rasheta said Friday night at the scene.

Opinion: Republicans may be losing their grip on Arizona .
Jon Talton writes that the tides may be turning in Arizona ahead of this year's election. While the state's politics have been dominated by the GOP in recent decades, shifts in demographics and priorities are drawing voters toward Democratic candidates.I was raised a Barry Goldwater Republican in the 1960s. When Goldwater ran for president in 1964, however, I was one of only two students to wear his campaign button at Kenilworth Elementary School -- and I was attending the senator's alma mater. Lyndon B. Johnson buttons were seemingly everywhere.

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