Two arrested in Elfrida triple shooting

2013-09-21T20:06:00Z Two arrested in Elfrida triple shootingKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 21, 2013 8:06 pm  • 

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office has arrested two men in connection with a triple shooting in Elfrida Friday.

A woman and two men were shot at about 3 a.m. Friday morning. All suffered non-life threatening injuries and remain in stable condition, Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department, said in a news release.

Gadiell Valenzuela-Buitimea, 18, of Sonora, Mexico, and Manuel Corona, 21, of Sierra Vista, were arrested in connection with the shootings.

Each faces three charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and discharging a firearm into a building, and nine charges each of endangerment and disorderly conduct with a weapon. Corona is expected to face two additional counts of prohibited possessor of a weapon and one count for a parole violation.


Both suspects were booked into the Cochise County jail and are being held without bond.

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are pending.

The incident began at about 3 a.m., when the sheriff’s office was advised of shots being fired 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 sheriff’s Elfrida substation for help.

Deputies responded 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 flown to a Tucson hospital for treatment,” Capas said.

The shootings were 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 in an earlier news release.

Elfrida is on U.S. 191 southeast of Tucson.

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