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Police connected to Phoenix office shooting

Members of the Phoenix Police Department SWAT team prepare to enter the home of a suspected gunman who opened fire at a Phoenix office building, wounding three people, one of them critically, and setting off a manhunt that led police to surround his house for several hours before they discovered he wasn’t there Wednesday in Phoenix. Authorities believe there was only one shooter, but have not identified him or a possible motive for the shooting.

Members of the Phoenix Police Department SWAT team prepare to enter the home of a suspected gunman who opened fire at a Phoenix office building, wounding three people, one of them critically, and setting off a manhunt that led police to surround his house for several hours before they discovered he wasn’t there Wednesday in Phoenix. Authorities believe there was only one shooter, but have not identified him or a possible motive for the shooting.

PHOENIX — A gunman opened fire at a Phoenix office building on Wednesday, wounding three people, one of them critically, and setting off a manhunt that led police to surround his house for several hours before they discovered he wasn’t there.

Authorities believe there was only one shooter, but have not identified him or a possible motive for the shooting. They don’t believe the midmorning shooting at the complex was a random act.

The attack left two other victims with non-life threatening injuries. Police did not identify them.

A Phoenix law firm, Osborn Maledon, said one of its lawyers, Mark Hummels, was among the wounded. The firm said he “was representing a client in a mediation” when he was shot.

As police searched for the shooter, SWAT teams and two armored vehicles surrounded his house about 7 miles from the shooting scene. Police served a search warrant to enter the home.

For a time, officers, believing the shooter was inside, used a megaphone to ask him to surrender.

The gunfire at the office complex prompted terrified workers to lock the doors to their offices and hide far from the windows. SWAT officers searched the building.

“Everyone was just scared, honestly, just scared,” said Navika Sood, assistant director of nursing at First at Home Health Services who along with her co-workers locked the entrances to their office.

Sood said police evacuated the office about 30 minutes after she first heard the popping noises.

The shooting took place on the same day that hearings on legislation to address gun violence were convened in Washington, with former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords testifying for stricter gun controls.

A gunman shot Giffords in the head during a shooting rampage in Tucson in January 2011.

Around 10:30 a.m., the gunman arrived at the office building and got into a dispute with someone, a conflict that escalated to the point where he drew a gun and shot three people, Thompson said.

Vannessa Brogan, who works in sales support at an insurance business in the three-story complex, said she heard a loud bang that she thought at first was from somebody working in or near the building.

She said others at the business thought they heard multiple loud noises. She said people locked themselves in offices until authorities evacuated the complex that houses insurance, medical and law offices.

Becky Neher, who works for a title company in the building, said the two gunshots she heard sounded like two pieces of metal banging against each other.

Watching from her second-story office, she saw people leaving the building.

“Someone yelled, ‘We have a shooter,’” she said. She saw two victims lying on the ground outside the back side of the building. She said health care workers who have offices in the complex came out to help.

Don Jaksa, a software consultant who works in the building, said he was listening to the radio when he suddenly heard “two pops.” He said he didn’t think they were gunshots.

“My co-worker goes to the range all the time,” he said. “He identified it as gunfire.”

His co-worker then locked the door. After five minutes, they left and ran into police and someone carrying a stretcher. The police escorted them back to their office and told them to lock the door again.

They were eventually evacuated, and as he sat on a rock outside the complex, his wife called to make sure he was OK after seeing the shooting on the news.

Workers were later allowed to leave the building. Two hugged each other when they got outside.

“You don’t expect this when you come to work,” worker Lindsa Rincon said.

Comments

VSU 1 year, 2 months ago

Suppose someone is going to extremes to try to make a point?

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RedEric 1 year, 2 months ago

Maybe he was legally robbed by the lawyer and he thought he had no recourse. Thankfully he did not kill. That will do him some good.

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Parent 1 year, 2 months ago

Ok, the title said "Police Connected to Phoenix Shooting", but the article said nothing about that. I"m a little confused.

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VSU 1 year, 2 months ago

I thought the same thing. When I saw the title, my first thought was a policeman was tied to the shooting, but the story only said they have not identified the shooter.

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