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Police ask for help finding shooter at Midtown party

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson police need your help tracking down a suspect who opened fire during a party at a Midtown student-housing complex.

The incident was caught on tape – with several videos posted on YouTube.

More than 1,000 people were at the party hosted by the Standard on Stone Avenue complex near Grant Road and North Stone Avenue and several of them had their cell phone cameras rolling when someone fired a gun in a crowded parking lot.

The videos were posted to YouTube hours after the incident.

TPD says a number of officers were sent to investigate the shooting while the TPD helicopter flew overhead.

A spokeswoman said officers had to block off Stone Avenue and help people leave the scene safely on a night when resources were already stretched thin.

"The cost really is someone else has to wait a little bit longer for their call to be addressed or an investigation that an officer may have been working on had to be set aside for a period of time for us to be able to go and address this first and then return back to that," said Sgt. Maria Hawke.

Tucson police say anyone who can provide and verify evidence can contact them anonymously at 88-CRIME.

"Our hope is that some of those people will come forward with those videos and help us to better identify the person who actually fired those shots," Hawke said.

Tucson police say gunfire at a student gathering is not uncommon.

"The people who are facilitating these parties need to make sure it's done in a safe manner," Hawke said.

Donald Erickson with Pro One Security, who has worked a number of parties at off-campus housing, was one of several armed guards at the Standard on Saturday night.

He said property management underestimated the expected turnout when they hired his security team.

"Any type of party like that, you're not going to have the resources available if you hire every security company in the state to work that party," Erickson said.

He said Pro One aims to provide one guard per 50 guests, but the party swelled to more than 1,000 people.

"We actively patrol, we stay very visible, we provide any type of medical assistance," Erickson said.

After someone opened fire, the guards reacted.

"Our first priority was to secure the crime scene, ensure that nobody was injured," Erickson said.

Tucson police say the Standard was red-tagged with possible fines to follow, since management did not get a permit for the event.

"Really there's a responsibility on the part of the apartment complex too, to recognize what the limitations of their facilities are," Hawke said.

Erickson believes a permit would not have made a difference.

 "You're not going to be able to keep the one drunk moron from firing rounds into the air," he said.

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