Mesa police are seeking public assistance in identifying a shooter who opened fire on the seats of a food truck near the Dobson and Guadalupe roads on Friday night, injuring seven.
In a media briefing on Saturday, Mesa police chief Ken Costa said an unidentified person in a white Kia Soul or other box-shaped jeep was traveling west on Guadalupe Road when the car stopped on the road and shot at a crowd of people eating. outside food trucks in the parking lot. Seven people were injured, including children aged 1, 6, 9 and 16 in addition to three adults.
The one-year-old remained in critical condition on Saturday. Kost said other injuries ranged from mild to severe, but were not thought to be life-threatening.The children came from many families.
In addition, numerous bullet holes were found on vendors’ canopies, their cooking equipment and on the outside of the business surrounding food suppliers. One of the vendors returned fire, but it was not clear if the vehicle had been hit. Kost said the car then headed west on the Guadalupe road to Tempe.
Kost noted that earlier in the night a man was seen attacking a woman in the same place. One of the food vendors and other casual observers intervened and ended the battle. The man and woman “left the area quickly after the collision,” police said.
Investigators did not link the incident to the shooting, but Kost said they did not rule it out.
On Saturday, police continued to patrol the area for surveillance footage nearby.
Cost said police are looking for “anyone and everyone” who may have witnessed the fight or shooting to contact police, calling for any details, videos, photos or anything else that could help investigators.
“They crossed the border. They shot children and that’s unacceptable,” Kost said. “You have to go ahead and do the right thing.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mesa Police Department on 480-644-2211.
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