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Skate Park Shooting Leaves 3 Injured in Saginaw

A 17-year-old man faces charges in a shooting that injured three people, including a 14-year-old, Thursday evening in Saginaw.[[468091613,R]]

Police were called out just before 7 p.m. to a skate park near Highland Middle School on a report of a shooting with multiple victims.

Police say the 14-year-old was shot in the hand. The other two victims, both 20 years old, have more serious injuries. One was shot multiple times. All three are expected to survive.

There was a huge search, including a Fort Worth police helicopter, until investigators say a witness in the skate park identified a suspect. Investigators confirmed they arrested Amari Joseph, 17, after they found a firearm in his house that was believed to have been used in the shooting, police said.

A police spokesperson said Joseph and a young woman came out of the house on their own when police pulled up. Detectives also took the girl in for questioning, but she was later released with no charges against her.

Police are still trying to figure out what started this and whether the alleged shooter and victims knew each other.

A neighbor, who only gave his first name, Bryan, saw the arrests happen. He knows the suspect and his family and he says he can't believe this.

"He's a good kid, he's a good kid," Bryan said. "He's not a troublemaker. He was working at Kroger. His mom's a great person. He's not trouble. I just think he got caught up hanging out with the wrong individuals."

Joseph is charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police said.

Bryan also said he wants the skate park bulldozed. He said there have been lots of issues there, including kids doing drugs late at night.

Saginaw police say they patrol regularly and don't know of any other serious incidents there.

He's a good kid, he's a good kid. He's not a troublemaker. He was working at Kroger, his mom's a great person. He's not trouble.

I just think he got caught up hanging out with the wrong individuals
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