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One victim of the weekend mass shooting in Yuma is remembered by family

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The suspect in Saturday night's mass shooting is still at large.

The Yuma Police Department (YPD) says seven people were shot Saturday night just before 11 p.m., with two victims dead and one victim as young as 15.

The shooting happened on S. J Edward Drive, at a house in the Belleza neighborhood off 5 and 1/2 E.

When officers arrived at the home in the Belleza neighborhood, they located several subjects with gunshot wounds.

One 19-year-old man, now identified as Danny Garcia, was taken to the hospital before police arrived and was pronounced dead at Yuma Regional Medical Center a short time later.

Garcia's family spoke to us, sharing the memory of their beloved brother, son, cousin, and nephew Danny Garcia.

“He made everyone that was around him happy when they were down, he always knew how to joke around. There was never a dull moment with him,” Jazmin Garcia, Danny's sister said.

A 20-year-old man, identified as Ande Blackthunder, was taken by Yuma Fire Department to Yuma Regional Medical Center, where he was also pronounced dead. 

A 16-year-old boy with life-threatening injuries was flown to Phoenix for treatment.

The other victims who were shot are 15, 16, 18, and 19 years old and have non-life-threatening injuries.

The three victims were treated at the hospital and released.

YPD says the victims were taken to the hospital by both ambulance and private vehicles.

YPD confirms that the shooting happened at a party at a private residence.

Including that, the parties knew each other and over 30 rounds were fired.

YPD says the homeowners were not at the residence when the party happened but were contacted and fully cooperated.

Several weapons were recovered at the scene and are awaiting forensics testing said YPD.

According to YPD, investigators are trying to determine a motive and say this does not appear to be a random act.

The Yuma Police Department held a press conference releasing more information. You can watch below.

Members of one of the victims' families created two separate GoFundMe pages. You can click HERE and HERE to donate.

Again, no suspects are in custody at this time as police investigate, YPD is reminding the public that anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest in this case could receive a $1,000 reward.

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