A gunman’s shooting spree began at a park, continued at the already-chaotic scene of a housefire and ended in a standoff with a police officer at a nearby street in Tucson, Arizona.
The dizzying series of events spanned three locations and left six shot and two dead.
The 35-year-old man opened fire on an ambulance crew at around 3:45pm in Quincie Douglas Center, Tucson police Chief Chris Magnus said.
A gunman killed a man and injured three EMTs in a deadly rampage close to a house fire in Tucson, Arizona on 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 incidents spanned three separate locations across the Tucson’s downtown area
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 man is in a critical condition and the woman is stable.
The suspect, who has yet to be identified by police, then drove up to the scene of a nearby house fire at 2100 E. Irene Vista and shot at bystanders and firefighters trying to douse the flames, the chief 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
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 working to determine the location of the children.
A police officer responding to the scene encountered the suspect a couple blocks away, the chief said.
The gunman rammed his SUV into the officer’s vehicle near Campbell Avenue and Irene Vista Road and shot at the officer.
The officer, who was not injured during the exchange, returned fire and shot the suspect, leaving him in ‘very critical condition.’
‘This is a highly tragic, really horrific incident, with many unknowns,’ Magnus said.
The investigation is ongoing. It is unclear what prompted the attacks.
While at the scene of the fire, the gunman shot at neighbors and fire crews
City of Tucson Mayor Regina Romero released a statement late on Sunday night
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.’