A GUNMAN in Tucson, Arizona, shot dead one neighbor and gunned down four people, including two EMTs and a firefighter responding to a blaze inside a home, where a cops found a charred body.
Officials were alerted to a fire at a home near the intersection of East Duvall Vista and South Campbell Avenue shortly before 4pm local time and at least three children associated with the residence remain missing, Arizona cops say.
When emergency service responded to a separate call for a medical emergency at Quincy Douglas Park, the driver of an SUV pulled up alongside the ambulance before shooting two EMTs and fleeing.
Cops said the man drove back to the house where firefighters were responding to the blaze and proceeded to shoot at “both the fire department and the neighbors”, Tucson police chief Chris Magnus said on Sunday.
The suspect then fatally shot a neighbor, 44, and injured another along with a member of the Tuscon fire department who was shot in the arm, before bolting for the second time.
The gunman drove away and tried to ram the police car before a cop shot him; he’s been hospitalized and is in a critical condition. The “badly charred” body of an unknown victim was found inside the house.
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TUCSON MAYOR ISSUES STATEMENT
City of Tucson Mayor Regina Romero released a statement late Sunday, offering her prayers and thoughts to the victims.
“I ask our entire Tucson community to join me in thinking about and praying for the victims of this afternoon’s fire and shooting by Silverlake Park, including first responders from AMR and the Tucson Fire Department. This was a horrific and senseless act of violence,” she tweeted.
“Thank you to the men and women at @Tucson_Police, @TucsonFireDept
and all of the first responders and neighbors who courageously responded to the scene, knowingly putting themselves in danger.”
REMAINS OF VICTIM LEFT BADLY CHARRED
Inside the home, police found the “badly charred” remains of an unknown victim, Magnus said.
Their identity and gender are not known at this time. Police have not confirmed a cause of death.
Three children associated with the residence are also currently missing.
Police are now reaching out to friends, family and neighbors that may have taken them in.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the children is advised to call 911 or 88-CRIME.
GUNMAN LEFT IN CRITICAL CONDITION
The gunman once again fled from the scene. As he was driving away, he encountered an eight-year veteran of the police department traveling towards the fire, Magnus said.
“As one of the officers drives up the street, he sees the suspect in the vehicle and the suspect sees him,” the police chief continued. “The suspect then attempted to ram the officer … disabling the police car.”
As the officer got out from the car, the suspect opened fire. The officer returned fire, critically striking the gunman.
The gunman was taken into custody before being transported to a local hospital, where he remains in a critical condition. The police officer was not injured.
A FIRE CAPTAIN WAS SHOT AND A NEIGHBOR WAS KILLED
The gunman got back into his car and fled the scene. The female EMT called for emergency assistance and provided dispatchers with a description of the gunman.
Back at the scene of the fire, numerous fire crews had responded to tackle the blaze. Several neighbors from surrounding homes also came to assist with the efforts.
As they worked to extinguish the fire, the gunman arrived at the home and opened fire at “both the fire department and the neighbors”, Magnus said.
One neighbor, 44, was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. Another neighbor suffered minor injuries after a bullet “grazed” their head.
A Tucson Fire Department Captain was also shot in the arm but is expected to survive.
AN EMT IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION FOLLOWING SHOOTING
It all started when dispatchers received a 911 call at 3.45pm to report a house fire on the 2100 block of East Irene Vista.
At around the same time, dispatchers received a separate call regarding a medical emergency at the nearby Quincy Douglas Park.
When EMTs arrived on the scene, a 35-year-old male pulled up alongside the ambulance in a silver SUV, got out of the car, and opened fire through the driver’s side window, Magnus said.
The driver of the ambulance, 20, was struck in the head and is currently in a critical condition.
A female EMT sat in the passenger’s seat, 21, was shot in the arm and chest and is currently stable.
TWO PEOPLE DEAD IN A SHOOTING IN TUCSON
A gunman was shot by police in Arizona after killing a neighbor and injuring three first responders in a deadly rampage near the scene of a house fire.
The Tuscon Police Department said the charred remains of an additional unidentified victim were found inside the home and three children associated with the address are currently missing.
The “horrific” incident unfolded at three different locations in the city’s downtown area, police chief Chris Magnus said during a press conference.
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