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Crime Trackers: Mansion party turns violent

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In August, News 4 Tucson reported how social media was fueling so-called mansion parties.

In these incidents, people break into expensive homes to party, leaving thousands of dollars worth of damages.

This past weekend, there were two in Pima County. One turned violent in the Catalina Foothills.

One resident said he woke up to sound of gunfire at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.  He said he heard six to eight shots.

The Shadow Hills resident added, it was terrifying. “ I saw about eight to 12 cars come down the street all at once and that is very odd in this neighborhood.”

Larry Seligman, a retired captain from Pima County Sheriff's  Department, also lives in the area where the mansion party was supposed to be held.

When he heard the gunshots, he checked it out. “I discovered the neighborhood was filled with as many 100 vehicles,” he said.

Officials say the person who tweeted the party got the wrong address. So people started showing up a residence where people were sleeping. The party-goers became frustrated when they learned there was no party and were asked to leave. 

“They did leave, but they did vandalize her vehicle on the way out,” Seligman said.

He said people began partying on the street, blocking driveways. A homeowner asked them to please move their vehicles.

“They indicated that they were going to do what they wanted when they wanted, displayed the weapon and then fired. Fortunately in this case, they fired into the air.”

However, what goes up must come down, so people were lucky the six to eight bullets did not hit anyone, he added. 

By then, PCSD deputies arrived and broke up the party and made arrests.

“I can't tell you how grateful I am to the sheriff's deputies who responded and did a great job.”

Deputies received a second call from Shadow Hills, deputies knew immediately what to expect. They blocked off the exit.

“People were arrested, cited and released, including young people who I’m told were held on to until their parents could come and pick them up,” Seligman said.

PCSD officials said they broke up another mansion party in the Tucson Mountains. In this incident, a vacant house was broken into, causing under $10,000 worth of damage.

Some residents said the party-goers belong in jail. PCSD officials said they are continuing their investigation. Since August, they have made nearly 30 arrests.

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