No arrests made in apparent shooting

YUMA, Ariz. – Crime scene tape remained Wednesday where Yuma Police responded to shots fired at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon. It happened on 27th St. near 18th Ave.

A neighbor who did not want his face on camera says he was home at the time.

“I heard six quick shots, and I heard a vehicle drive off,” said Charles who lives nearby.

Investigators say five men were standing on 27th St. when they confronted to other men inside a car. That was when someone fired a gun into the vehicle. Glass was scattered across the road.

“I thought it was kids playing around or something. I didn’t know,” explained Charles.

It is unclear what caused the altercation, but detectives do not believe it was gang related. Police say no one was hurt from the gunfire.

Elias Castro has lived in this neighborhood for 40 years.

“Not too long ago, we had a drive by shooting about four houses behind me, so it doesn’t surprise me that that happened,” Castro said.

He saw 27th St. blocked off by officers several hours later. Police had surrounded a home on 19th Ave. where they believed suspects from the afternoon shooting were hiding. Several people inside were detained and taken into custody but were ultimately released.

Yuma Police officials did not provide a description of any suspects but said this case is under investigation.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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