Three people were wounded Wednesday, one of them critically, in a shooting Wednesday at an office complex in north-central Phoenix, police said. Police are searching for the shooter and say his motive is unclear.
At about 10:30 this morning, (Wednesday), a man walked into the lobby of an office building in Phoenix, Arizona, and began shooting. Witnesses said there were 6 or 7 shots fired. One of the three victims sustained “extremely critical” injuries, while the two others were less severely wounded, police said, correcting their earlier report that all three had been critically injured.
The shooting took place on the same day that former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, spoke at a hearing in Washington on gun violence. Giffords was severely wounded and 18 others were shot two years ago outside a supermarket in suburban Tucson, Ariz., as she held a meeting for constituents. Six died.
Police told reporters that there was a prior altercation reported, and this does not appear to be a random act. The suspect was a white male, and may have left the area in a white vehicle.
A few hours after the Wednesday incident, a SWAT team surrounded a house 7 miles from the shooting scene that police said is connected to the shooting. Officers were talking to someone who was not the suspect, Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos said.
Police surrounded a house about 7 miles from the site of the shooting. This may or may not be where the suspect lives, but authorities do not believe he in inside.
Witnesses from the complex in the 7310 block of 16th street near Glendale Ave. characterized the office building as usually very quiet.
“I heard the shots and that’s it,” said Karen Frasier, a receptionist at Stearns Lending in the same complex. “I wouldn’t know a gunshot if it jumped up and bit me because I’d never heard one. But some other people heard them and said that’s what they were.”
“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.
“Someone yelled, ‘We have a shooter,'” she said. She saw two victims lying on the ground outside the backside of the building.
Columnist-The Guardian Express