Thomas Anderson, PIO for Casa Grande Police Department, says the shooting Oct. 5, 2017, might be some sort of “domestic situation” and an isolated incident. Jason Pohl/azcentral.com
CASA GRANDE — Four people were shot and killed Thursday morning at a duplex in what police are investigating as a case of domestic violence.
Police said two people are in custody.
Casa Grande police responded shortly after 8 a.m. to reports from neighbors of shots fired between Farmers Avenue and Ash Avenue on West 13th Street in a duplex-type residence. Officers found four bodies in the residence, and each appeared to have died of gunshot wounds, said Thomas Anderson, spokesman for the Casa Grande Police Department.
The names of the victims were not immediately released, but all appear to be adults, Anderson said.
Officers driving by the area saw someone running as the reports of gunshots came in. Those officers followed the person, while others responded to the residence about three blocks to the south, Anderson said.
That man, who police believe to be a suspect, was taken into custody, Anderson said. A second person was detained later Thursday.
“We have a couple of people in custody that we believe are involved,” Anderson told The Arizona Republic on Thursday evening, referring to them as “subjects of interest.”
It remained unclear whether anyone had been formally placed under arrest, and Anderson said investigators were actively working to make sense of the shooting. Additional details about what led up to the shooting were not immediately made available.
Officers initially said there was only one shooter, though they still are investigating, police said. They have recovered “some weapons,” though they have not yet verified if one or more were involved in the shooting or what type of guns were involved.
“A lot of investigating is going on at this time. We’re going to be very busy,” Anderson said.
Casa Grande police were working alongside investigators with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Border Patrol and the Pinal County Attorney’s Office.
Teams worked throughout the day processing evidence and documenting the scene at the brown-painted duplex. Other investigators launched a drone to document the area from above.
Two schools in the area temporarily were placed on lockdown as initial reports swirled about an “active shooter” in the area. Police quickly realized that was not the case, Anderson said, adding that the lockdowns were lifted about 10:30 a.m.
“Our students and staff did a great job of following our lockdown procedures. Everyone on campus was safe in our classrooms throughout the time,” Jennifer Murrieta, principal at Casa Grande Middle School, wrote in a message to parents.
Mindy Edwards has lived in the area for about six months with her husband, a longer-time resident. The area surrounding the scene of the shooting used to be a hotbed for criminal activity, namely drugs, she said.
Heightened police patrols in the area were helping to deter that, Edwards said.
“It’s really been cleaned up,” she said.
Dawn Schroeder has lived in the neighborhood since 2001. She said hers was generally a decent section of town, with the occasional drug bust or police foot chase.
But there was nothing that rose to the level of Thursday’s shooting. The close-to-home incident heightened her anxiety in the aftermath of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.
“We were planning on going to the State Fair tomorrow. But since Sunday,” she said, her voice trailing off. “No place to hide. No place to run. We want to go and causally walk around and then watch racing. It’s not worth it. It’s not worth it anymore.”
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