Steve June 4, 2022

Source: Arizona Republic

A mass shooting, and 2 more bodies: 3 Phoenix shootings in one night leave loved ones reeling

Zayna Syed

Arizona Republic

Three separate shootings in Phoenix on Friday night and early Saturday morning left Phoenix police and loved ones searching for answers.

A mass shooting at 10th Avenue and Hatcher Road left one 14-year-old girl dead and eight others injured. In other incidents, two separate victims were shot and were later pronounced dead. Police found both victims with gunshot wounds, one a teenage boy near 13th and Vogel avenues and the other a man in a vehicle near 39th and Grand avenues.

The deadly evening comes a little more than a week since an 18-year-old gunman in Uvalde, Texas, killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School. The shooting spurred another national conversation about gun laws.

Meagan Orantes and her 14-year old daughter, Daniella Franco, showed up to the scene of the shooting at 10th Avenue and Hatcher Road. A friend had called Franco and said her close friend had been shot in the area. Franco wanted answers. “He was like a brother to me. We always called each other brother and sister,” Daniella said, tearing up. “I want them to try to find the people for my brother and (my friend) because there’s a lot of shootings going on. I just want them to catch the people.”

Orantes said her son, Franco’s biological older brother, was killed at a house party in 2020 when he was 19 years old. She called for commonsense gun laws.

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