West Valley View, Avondale, Arizona, Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Woman shot at Westview parking lot
View report A woman attending a Pendergast Elementary School District eighth-grade promotion ceremony was shot in the north parking lot of Westview High School in Avondale just before 2 p.m. Friday. “It was a domestic-violence type incident; apparently the suspect and victim have had a history in the past,” said Reuben Gonzales, an Avondale police detective. “There has been a history of domestic violence between these two in the past. We do know who the suspect is and are working with Phoenix police to try and track this suspect down.” The victim, described as a black woman, was airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in critical condition, Gonzales said. The suspect,a black male, initially fled on foot, but police believe he eventually used a motorcycle to get away, Gonzales said. “[Westview High School] itself was never in
lockdown because the school is not in session, but there were [eighth-grade] promotional ceremonies taking place in the auditorium and initially those folks were asked to stay inside while we were conducting the investigation,” he said. “We have since released them if they wanted to depart and they had to leave through the south side of the building,” he said Friday afternoon. Westview High School is at 10850 W. Garden Lakes
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There were conflicting reports as to which elementary school was conducting its promotion ceremony at the time of the shooting as the Pendergast district had multiple ceremonies scheduled for Friday at Westview, a district employee told the View. “A promotion ceremony was in progress when this occurred,” Gonzales said. “Everyone was inside the auditorium when this was taking place.” “We had witnesses in the parking lot coming to attend the ceremony and they are assisting us in this investigation,” he said. Once police arrived on the scene, “None of the neighborhoods were put in a perimeter or lockdown, though there are a number of schools just north of here, and one elementary school put itself in lockdown but since has allowed the children to leave.”
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