Two arrested in Elfrida shootings

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Two arrested in Elfrida shootings

By Rikki Mitchell, Simone Del Rosario. CREATED Sep 20, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep 22, 2013

ELFRIDA, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Authorities arrested two men for the shootings that sent three people to the hospital in Elfrida, Ariz.

Carol Capas with the Cochise County Sheriff's Office tells KGUN9 that 18-year-old Gadiell Valenzuela-Buitimea of Sonora, Mexico and 21-year-old Manuel Corona of Sierra Vista were both arrested as suspects in these shootings.

Deputies received a call of shots fire near Desert Lilly at about 3:00 a.m. on Friday.

Immediately after that call, a woman called saying she had been shot and was driving to a sheriff's substation for help.

Deputies found the 34-year-old woman, along with a 25-year-old man and a 29-year-old man who all had gunshot wounds.

Border Patrol Agents from Douglas and Willcox responded with a Border Patrol helicopter to help search for the suspects.

The three victims were taken by helicopter to a Tucson hospital for treatment. They were last reported in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities say bullet casings and guns are around the property where the shooting happened. He adds that a crime of this magnitude is rare for the area. 

"By and large, these citizens are all good, hardworking people," Smith said. "I think this is probably just a small minority of individuals in the community who just choose not to conform with the ethics and standards of the rest of the people."

He said many of the people questioned have had run-ins with the law in the past. 

Nine On Your Side talked to at least a dozen residents who said they're worried about the shooting in the area, and hope the guilty parties are locked up soon.

Both men were charged with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of aggravated assaults, nine counts of endangerment, three counts of discharging a firearm into a building and nine counts of disorderly conduct with a weapon.

In addition, Corona was also charged with two counts of prohibited possessor and one count of parole violation.

They were both booked into the Cochise County Jail without bond. Additional arrests are pending.

Reporter: Simone Del Rosario

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