MESA, Ariz. - Police in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa are asking for the public’s help in identifying a drive-by shooter who opened fire on a food truck seating area and wounded seven people including three young children.
They said an unidentified person in an SUV stopped in the roadway and shot into a crowd of people eating outside food trucks in the parking lot about 9:30 p.m. Friday before speeding off.
Wounded were three adults, a 16-year-old, and children ages 1, 6 and 9 who were not all from the same family.
Mesa Police Chief Ken Cost said Saturday the 1-year-old child remained in extremely critical condition.
He said the other injuries ranged from minor to severe, but none were believed to be life-threatening.
The names of the seven wounded people haven't been released by police.
Cost said a man was seen assaulting a woman at the same location earlier Friday night and one of the food vendors and other bystanders intervened.
Investigators haven’t tied the incident to the shooting, but also haven’t ruled it out.
Police are looking for “anyone and everyone” who may have witnessed the fight or the shooting to contact police, Cost said, adding that any details, videos or photos might lead to an arrest.
“They shot children and it’s unacceptable,” Cost said. “You need to come forward and do the right thing ... Help us bring justice to these family members who had their children shot.”