TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The man and two teens killed in a shooting at Lakeside Park late Thursday, Nov. 8 have been identified.
The Tucson Police Department said Matthew Favela, 21, Carlos Ross, 16, and Amonn Sandoval, 16, were killed in the shooting.
Favela died at the scene while Ross and Sandoval died at a local hospital.
The shooting happened around 5 p.m. at the park near Stella Avenue and Pantano Road on Tucson’s east side.
TPD said Favela, Ross and two friends drove to the park to meet with Sandoval and an unknown male.
After a brief conversation, gunfire was exchanged between the groups.
Favela, Ross and Sandoval were all struck while the two friends in the car were uninjured and remained on scene.
The unknown male fled before police arrived and is wanted.
The Tucson Unified School District confirmed one of the teens killed was a student at Palo Verde High.
“It is with a heavy heart that we confirm that one of Tucson Unified School District’s students passed away last night,” the TUSD said in a news release. “We are extremely saddened by this tragic event. Counselors are available at Palo Verde High to provide all the support that any student, family members, and staff might need. School safety is also present to ensure the safety of the campus.”
Several people were standing around the park after the shooting, they told Tucson News Now they heard 12 to 15 shots fired.
One young man said he was near the lake when he heard what sounded like firecrackers.
“When I heard all the sirens, I was like, that’s not firecrackers because normally firecrackers, not a lot of cops will come. A lot of cops and ambulances and it just kinda scared me, and I was just like, I hope it’s not somebody I know," said the young man, who didn’t want to be identified. "And it is just more scary, the fact that it could of been anybody. It could’ve been me, it could’ve been my friends, it’s just, scary.”
Dugan said the TPD homicide unit, aggravated assault unit and gang unit are all investigating. That does not necessarily mean the shooting is gang-related, but Dugan said the department is working all angles to find out exactly what happened leading up to the deadly shooting.
Police believe several people were in the park and are asking anyone with information to call 88-CRIME. Dugan stressed even the smallest piece of information could help investigators.