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Crime Trackers: TPD discovers a house possibly connected to human smuggling

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TUCSON - Police activity on the city’s South Side caused traffic closures and school lockdowns. 

The Tucson Police Department said the call came in just after 11:30 a.m. as a shooting in the area of 12th Avenue and Ajo Way. 

Police immediately converged on the area, setting up quadrants and searched for a gunman. 

They said they did not find anyone with a gun, but found three individuals who said they were being chased by someone with a knife.

The three men escaped from a house located near 13th Avenue, and Juliette and ran to a shopping center seeking help. 

News 4 Tucson spoke with Carolyn Gallardo who said the men came to her shop asking her to call police because they were being chased by a knife wielding man. 

They told her they were from Guatemala and had been dropped off at the house. 

It’s unclear how long they had been there or why their lives were being threatened.

Gallardo became very emotional when she recounted the encounter. 

She said, one of them had a gash on his neck, and told her a man had cut him with a knife.

Gallardo said she asked if they were sure they wanted her to call police, and one of the men said yes stating they would rather be sent back to Guatemala and alive, rather than be killed.

One man was taken to the hospital all three were treated for dehydration.

Tucson Police told News 4 Tucson, Homeland Security Investigations would be taking over the case. 

Police said there were no injuries, and the students at Pueblo High School and St. John’s Catholic school were never in danger. 

The lockdown was a precautionary measure.

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