Source: Arizona Republic
A mass shooting, and 2 more bodies: 3 Phoenix shootings in one night leave loved ones reeling
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 theres 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.