MESA, AZ (3TV / CBS 5) – Police say someone in a small SUV opened fire on families at a food truck event Friday night, injuring seven people, including four children.
“They crossed the line. They shot children. That’s unacceptable,” Mesa Police Chief Ken Cost said during a news conference Saturday afternoon.
Cost said food service providers had set up canopies, tables and chairs where families could buy food and eat it in a parking lot on Guadalupe Road, just west of Dobson. Around At 9.30pm, a white or silver Kia Soul-type or a small box-type SUV drove up Guadalupe Road and opened fire on the families eating.
“One of the workers in the stands saw this happen and returned to the vehicle,”
The driver left for Guadalupe and into Tempe. Cost said detectives do not know if the SUV was hit or not. No suspicious description was released.
The four children injured were aged 1, 6, 9 and 16 years. Costs did not provide the age group for the adults or gender of the injured. The 1-year-old is in extremely critical condition, while the others have suffered minor injuries and are expected to survive. The children were from several families.
Cost said earlier in the evening that there was a man attacking a woman and one of the food truck providers plus other customers broke up the fight. The man back and investigators are investigating whether it is connected to the shooting.
Mesa police are asking for public help and witnesses to show up with photos and video.
“There are people who know the suspects who committed this crime. They know who the shooters are,” Cost said.
Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211.
Mesa PD is investigating an incident in Dobson and Guadalupe at this time. Avoid the area if possible.
– Mesa Police Dept. (@MesaPD) October 17, 2020
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