3 shot in Elfrida, highway remains closed during investigation

2013-09-20T11:04:00Z 3 shot in Elfrida, highway remains closed during investigationKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 20, 2013 11:04 am  • 

A main thoroughfare in Elfrida is closed this morning as law enforcement officials investigate an early-morning triple shooting.

North Central Highway between West Davis and West Hopkins roads will be closed indefinitely as deputies from the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and agents from the U.S. Border Patrol investigate the Friday shooting, Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release.

The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office was advised of shots being fired at about 3 a.m. in the Elfrida area. Almost immediately after the first call, there was another call from a woman saying she had been shot and was driving to the Elfrida Sheriff’s Office substation for help.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call and located the 34-year-old woman and two male companions, ages 25 and 29. All three had gunshot wounds, Capas said. Border Patrol agents from Douglas and Willcox also responded to the scene, and a Border Patrol helicopter was called in to help search for suspects.

“A landing zone was established at the Valley Union High School in Elfrida where all three shooting victims were taken before being airlifted to a Tucson hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Medical personnel have advised that these subjects are in stable condition at this time,” Capas said.

The shooting is an isolated incident “involving several subjects known to local law enforcement from previous contacts and this is not being classified as an active-shooter case,” Capas said.

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