One killed, five wounded in shooting spree in Phoenix suburb

A police officer keeps watch outside a room at the Tri-City Inn, one of the scenes of a multiple location shooting that has injured at least four people in Mesa, Arizona
(Reuters) – One person was killed and five others wounded when a gunman opened fire on Wednesday at a motel and at least three other locations across the Phoenix suburb of Mesa before he was captured in a manhunt, police said.

 

Police used a stun gun to subdue the suspect and led him out of a residential complex in a white full-body suit with his wrists shackled and took him to a hospital, television station 12 News, an NBC affiliate, reported.

Acting Police Chief John Meza confirmed the arrest but did not immediately provide details.

The gunman, who was not publicly identified, first opened fire inside a Mesa motel, where he killed one man and wounded two women, Mesa police spokesman Esteban Flores told reporters.

The shooter, described as a man in his 40s with a tattoo on his neck, then went to a nearby restaurant that is operated by a trade school and shot and wounded an adult student there, Flores said.

After driving off in a vehicle he carjacked at the restaurant, the gunman went to a nearby apartment complex where he barged into a home and shot a man, then went to another apartment complex and shot another man, Flores said.

“We don’t know the motive. We know there was some type of argument at the first location, at the motel,” Flores told reporters.

He said six people were shot in total, including one who died and another who was in critical condition.

Dozens of police officers stood at the site of the first shooting – the Tri-City Inn motel and an adjacent tattoo parlor.

The East Valley Institute of Technology, the trade school near where the shooting started, and nearby Mesa Community College were placed on lockdown as a precaution due to the shooting, the campuses said on their Twitter pages.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said in a statement that he had spoken to the mayor of Mesa and offered the support and resources of the state, including the Department of Public Safety, in handling the shooting.

“Right now, our hearts and prayers are with the people of Mesa, the individuals affected by this tragedy, and all law enforcement and first responders working to assist the victims,” Ducey said.

(Additional reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Editing by Cynthia Johnston, Lisa Lambert and Bill Trott)


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