Three suspects linked to the shooting death of a Phoenix mother who was inside a car with her children have been arrested, authorities said Monday.

The shooting happened near an Arco gas station at 27th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix early Monday, FOX10 Phoenix reported.

The mother was killed while in the passenger seat and shrapnel hit one of the children, who was expected to be OK, police said. Five children and two adults survived the shooting.

The victim was identified as 35-year-old Yenni Dominguez Leyva.

Responding officers arrived at the shooting scene and found weapons and arrested three people, including two teens. 

The adult was identified as 19-year-old Martin Ramirez-Contreras.

Police told the station that it was unclear why the suspects opened fire on the car and that the suspects and victim were unknown to each other.

A picture of police cars sectioning off a gas station after a shooting.
The victim and the children were heading home when the shots were fired.

A picture of police cars sectioning off a gas station after a shooting.
Police said that it was unclear why the suspects opened fire on the car and that the suspects and victim were unknown to each other.

The victim and the children were heading home when the shots were fired, police said.

“Somebody minding their own business, doing what they’re supposed to be doing, gunned down in the midst of living everyday life, is just the extra amount of tragedy that we see,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Phil Krynsky said.



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