PHOENIX — A possible drug connection is being investigated in a triple shooting in which three people were shot inside a home, two fatally, police said.

“There was a history there with that house. There has been criminal activity,” said Sgt. Vince Lewis, a Police Department spokesman.

Lewis said the home’s owner Thursday evening allowed two people inside the house and that one of those people some time later opened fire, wounding three men. Two of them died at a hospital but the third victim is expected to survive, Lewis said.

The shooter and another suspect fled after the shooting, Lewis said.

No suspect descriptions were immediately available, and the victims’ identities haven’t been released.

Lewis said the homeowner wasn’t among those shot.

The incident occurred in south Phoenix near South 28th Street and East Broadway Road.

Fire Capt. Rob McDade said the neighborhood was known for violence.

“Like a war zone,” area resident Kenneth Walton told the Arizona Republic ( “Just thank God it’s none of my loved ones. I pray for the parents of whoever these kids are. What else can you say?”

Walton, who lives around the corner from the shooting site, said he didn’t know the home’s residents.

Darrell Ross told television stations KPHO and KTVK ( that he got a call from his son who told his father he was shot in the stomach.

“Crazy kids out here,” Ross said. “I’ve been in this area for years. I’ve seen it all. ‘Til it happens to your own, then it kicks in.”

Lewis said there’s no indication the shooting is related to the Phoenix “Serial Street Shooter” case in which a gunman is suspected of killing seven and wounding two in nine drive-by attacks since March.

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