Two dead, five minors injured in Arizona border city shooting

 May 15, 2023

Arizona's Yuma Police Department announced on Sunday that two males have died and five teens were injured in a recent shooting, as Just The News reported.

Currently, there are no suspects are in custody following the shooting late Saturday evening which took place in a residential area of the border city, according to officials.

Officers responded to reports of shots  being fired shortly before 11 p.m. local time on Saturday and located numerous gunshot victims.

Details on the Victims

A 19-year-old male was brought to the Yuma Regional Medical Center before police got on the scene, but he died shortly thereafter, officials said.

The Yuma Fire Department rushed another male patient, this one 20 years old, to the same hospital where the first victim passed away.

In addition, officials stated that a male patient aged 16 years old who was in critical condition was transported to Phoenix for treatment.

According to law enforcement, the other victims of gunshot wounds were all males between the ages of 15 and 19 and their injuries were not considered to be life-threatening, however they were treated for their wounds.

The investigation is ongoing, and the Yuma Police Department is urging anybody who may have information relevant to the inquiry to come forward.

A City in Crisis

The city has yet to offer details about what motivated the attack, however, in January of this year The New York Post called Yuma, Arizona a city "on the brink of collapse" as migrants wreak havoc on the area.

Officials in a border community in Arizona report a weekly influx of migrants comprising 6 percent of the population; this perilous situation has brought the region to the verge of collapse.

In the past five years, more than half a million illegal immigrants have crossed Yuma's border with Mexico, according to Yuma County Supervisor Jonathan Lines. Yuma has a population of less than one hundred thousand individuals.

“The average for Yuma on a weekly basis is 6,000 people coming across. Of those 6,000, we have 1,000 to 2,000 ‘gotaways’ — people we have not been able to catch,” Lines said.

This Arizona community has been an immigration flashpoint for years, but the region's burden is frequently neglected, as it ranks third in terms of migrant apprehensions, behind El Paso and Del Rio, Texas. El Paso is regarded as the epicenter of the border crisis.

“The problem that we’re foreseeing right now is there’s a couple of big waves coming,” Yuma resident and farmer Hank Auza explained of the town’s current situation. “Yuma can’t support that. It will overwhelm the system here.”

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