A man was hospitalized after what police say was a gang-related shooting Friday morning in Chandler.
The victim, who police identified as Ramiro Hernandez-Sanchez, 18, suffered gunshot wounds to his stomach and wrist about 10:20 a.m. after a man witnesses described as a Hispanic male wearing a white T-shirt and khaki pants began firing gunshots in the 400 block of West Ray Road, according to police. The gunman, who had tattoos on his arms, is still on the loose.
Hernandez-Sanchez is undergoing surgeries for his injuries, police said.
The shooting marked the second gang-related shooting in the city in less than two weeks, but it wasn’t known at this time whether Friday’s shooting is for retribution for a shooting of a 19-year-old man on Feb. 5, or whether the two are connected, according to Detective Frank Mendoza, a Chandler police spokesman.
About 8:20 p.m. on Feb. 5, police say a 17-year-old boy wanted shot Josiah Weisman behind a Little Caesar’s pizzeria at 401 N. Arizona Ave. near Erie Street that left him hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
The shooting started when Weisman, 19, pulled behind the Little Caesar’s after rival gang members had a confrontation that escalated, police said. The teen accused of shooting Weisman turned himself into police four days later.
Police said they will not release the 17-year-old’s name unless he is charged as an adult.
If anyone has any information about Friday’s shooting, they can call Chandler police at (480) 782-4130.