9 hospitalized after multiple shootings in Arizona near Phoenix

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PHOENIX, Arizona — Police departments in communities northwest of Phoenix reported multiple shootings in the West Valley region Thursday afternoon.

“We have two people confirmed shot in random acts,” Surprise Police Sgt. Greg Welch told CNN. He said there were multiple shooting locations but could not provide an exact number.

Banner Health officials said three of their hospitals had received nine patients. Two patients were at Banner Boswell, three patients were at Banner Thunderbird and four patients were at Banner Del Webb.

It is unknown whether the patients had gunshot wounds or other injuries.

Banner Health officials, citing privacy laws, said they could not provide any additional information on the patients.

Suspect caught

A suspect was apprehended in a traffic stop in Surprise, Welch said. He says one of the two shooting victims in his community is hospitalized in critical condition.

Aerial video from affiliates KPHO/KTVK showed a white SUV with doors open that the news station described as the suspect’s vehicle.

Police in the community of Peoria also reported responding to “several shootings” Thursday but did not have further details.

Peoria is about 9 miles east of Surprise. Both are in the West Valley area of the Phoenix Metropolitan area, with Surprise about 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix.

9 hospitalized after multiple shootings in Arizona near Phoenix

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