1 dead, 13 injured in series of drive-by shootings in Arizona; suspect in custody


Arizona police have a suspect in custody after one person was killed and 13 people were injured in a series of what appeared to be drive-by shootings Thursday.

Authorities responded to reports of an active shooter in the West Valley, about 20 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix, at about 12:30 p.m local time, the Surprise Police Department tweeted initially. The shooter was possibly in a white Volkswagen Tiguan, it said.

A suspect was detained a short time after, Surprise and Peoria police said.

At least four of the victims were shot and others were injured either in resulting car accidents or shrapnel, according to Peoria Sgt. Brandon Sheffert.

It’s unclear how many people were shot and whether anybody was killed. The hospital operator Banner Health said in a statement that it received nine patients at its various West Valley medical centers.

The conditions of the patients are unknown.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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