A crazed gunman shot dead one person and wounded four others during a rampage near an Arizona home where a body was also found in the charred remains and up to three children were missing, police said Sunday.
The shooting spree began at a park, continued at the already-chaotic scene of a house fire and ended with police shooting the madman in a standoff in Tucson.
It’s not immediately known if there is a connection between the shootings and the house fire.
“This is both a highly tragic, really horrific incident with many unknowns at this time,” Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said during a press conference.
The 35-year-old suspect opened fire on an ambulance crew at around 3:45pm in Quincie Douglas Center, Magnus said.
A gunman killed a man and injured three first responders in a rampage close to a house fire in Tucson, Arizona Sunday afternoon. The gunman was shot and is in ‘very critical condition’
‘This is a highly tragic, really horrific incident, with many unknowns,’ said Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus. The police has yet to identify the gunman or his connection to the house fire
The driver of the ambulance, a 20-year-old man, was shot in the head, and a paramedic in the passenger seat, a 21-year-old woman, was shot in the chest and arm.
The suspect had flagged the EMTs down and pointed them in the direction of the nearby residential fire before shooting them, according to a statement from the Tucson Police Department.
The man is in critical condition and the woman is stable.
The unidentified suspect then drove to the scene of a house fire in the 2100 block of East Irene Vista and shot at bystanders and firefighters trying to douse the flames, Magnus said.
A 44-year-old neighbor was shot in the head and died.
A firefighter was shot in the arm, and a bullet grazed another neighbor’s head.
A ‘badly burned’ body was found inside the home that was on fire, and ‘two or three’ children who lived there are missing, Magnus told
The shootings spanned three locations, including the already-chaotic scene of a house fire
Police found the unidentified remains of a victim inside the home, while between ‘two and three’ children that live at the house are still missing
Officials are asking the public’s help in finding the kids.
A police officer responding to the scene encountered the suspect a couple blocks from the burning home, Magnus said.
The gunman rammed his SUV into the officer’s vehicle near Campbell Avenue and Irene Vista Road and shot at the officer, officials said.
The officer, who was not injured during the exchange, returned fire and shot the suspect, leaving him in ‘very critical condition.’
While at the scene of the house fire, the gunman killed a neighbor and shot a firefighter
City of Tucson Mayor Regina Romero called for thoughts and prayers for Sunday’s victims
Tucson Mayor Regina Romero thanked the police and fire departments for their work in a series of tweets Sunday night.
‘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, @TucsonFireDeptand all of the first responders and neighbors who courageously responded to the scene, knowingly putting themselves in danger.’