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Suspects sought in deadly gang-related shooting

Police are searching for suspects in what they say is a gang-related shooting Saturday that left two teens dead.

Francisco J. Fraijo, 19, and Michael L. Rodriguez, 16, were shot to death in the parking lot of the Rio Seco apartment complex, 1440 W. Irvington Road, near Midvale Park Road.

Witnesses say a fight broke out among residents and visitors and shots were fired at about 1:30 a.m., said Officer Frank Amado of the Tucson Police Department.

A 27-year-old man was critically wounded and taken to a hospital where he remains in critical condition.

An unknown number of men described as 18 to 22 years of age fled the scene on foot, Amado said.

The department’s Gang Unit is investigating because some of those involved have gang ties.

Fraijo and Rodriguez could be Tucson’s 18th and 19th gang-related deaths this year.

The increase in gang deaths prompted the City Council earlier this month to begin work with local school districts and other agencies to combat gang activity. Using more law enforcement resources on the anti-gang effort was also agreed on.

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