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Published on February 22, 2024
Phoenix School Becomes Center of Concern as Suspect in Nearby Shooting Evades CaptureSource: Google Street View

Chaos erupted near Brunson Lee Elementary School in Phoenix earlier today when police were called to a shooting at approximately 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of 48th Street and McDowell Road. A man suffering from a gunshot wound was discovered by officers and quickly transported to the hospital with injuries described as non-life-threatening, as reported by 12News. The suspect, having been said to have fled into the nearby elementary school, remains at large after a meticulous search of the premises turned up empty.

Families were alerted by Phoenix Police in the early hours to avoid the school due to the active investigation, causing a ripple of anxiety across the community. "The search of the school is complete," said the police, offering a sigh of relief to parents. "Families of students should expect communication from school administrators regarding the opening of the school," as per instructions obtained by FOX 10 Phoenix. Yet with the suspect still unaccounted for, an unease continues to hover, stubborn like the desert heat.

Further complicating the situation, additional property damage in the area was noted by officials – a reminder of the night's violent disturbances. Students and staff, according to the school superintendent interviewed by 12News, were expected to arrive for school as normal. However, a chain-link barrier was the only thing separating them from the chaos, ephemeral as the perpetrator, whose swift fence-jump into the schoolyard was just as swiftly reciprocated by an escape into an adjacent apartment complex.

While informational updates are promised, access to the surrounding neighborhood is tightly limited. "The related shooting scene investigation is still being conducted and will limit access to the neighborhood," authorities advised the public, as relayed by FOX 10 Phoenix. Police have closed sections of 48th Street, while other parts of the community will see disruptions due to ongoing police activity.

The Phoenix Police Department urges anyone with information to step forward, beckoning witnesses to contact Silent Witness or their offices directly.