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Neighborhood park shooting in west Phoenix injures 3 boys

Phoenix police are investigating a shooting that injured 3 in the area of 95th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.

PHOENIX — Police are currently investigating a shooting that left 3 boys injured in west Phoenix Sunday morning. Officials say they are expected to survive.

Phoenix police say the shooting occurred around 11:20 a.m. at a neighborhood park in the area of 95th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.

Witnesses told police that two of the boys were seen in a dispute with a third boy, which escalated into a shooting.

One of the boys suffered critical injuries while the other two have non-life-threatening injuries, police said. On Monday, a police spokesman said that the boys are expected to survive their injuries.

It is not known what led up to the shooting or if there are any known suspects outstanding at this time.

Some neighbors told 12News they heard multiple gunshots ring out. 

Mark Rivera and his girlfriend were at home watching a movie when it happened. They walked to the park to see what happened and that is when he saw one of the victims on the ground bleeding. 

“Someone was already there applying pressure,” Rivera said.

Christina Valentine, who also lives right down the road from the park, heard the gunshots and says she told her young granddaughter to get away from the windows.

Valentine says that this park is popular for families to take their kids. Now, she wants nothing to do with it. 

“We’re scared now it just kind of streaks a little bit of fear into the heart,” Valentine said.

Another local resident, Romina Verastegui, says her daughter would frequently visit the park with her friends. She says there have been other shooting situations nearby but nothing like this.

“I don’t even feel safe letting my daughter come out and play with her friends and that’s really sad," Verastegui said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Phoenix PD or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to 12News for updates.

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