A gunman armed with a semiautomatic rifle murdered 2 and injured 5 in Phoenix, police say.
A gunman killed two people and injured five others, including two police officers, in Phoenix on Sunday.
The shooter, who appears to have committed suicide, was found with numerous magazines, incendiary devices, and a gas mask, police said. Surveillance footage shows him tossing a Molotov cocktail at a restaurant window, but it didn’t ignite.
The victims are unidentified. Adult men and women were killed, the announcement added. Police officers and three adult male witnesses received non-life-threatening injuries.
Isaiah Steven Williams, 24, is believed to have shot himself, authorities said Monday. Investigators found him wearing a ballistic jacket, knee pads, and a helmet. One officer with a gunshot wound remains hospitalized, but the others have been released.
Sunday evening, about 8:30 p.m. local time, Phoenix officers responded to a call about shots fired near West Deer Valley Road businesses. The assailant “quickly began fire on six fully marked” patrol vehicles, leaving four “riddled with gunfire.”
One cop was shot in the shoulder, and another was hit by shrapnel. The wounded cop managed to escape his truck and fire at the suspect before other officers pulled him to safety. More officers evacuated establishments in the neighborhood, rescuing bystanders. Three bystanders were hurt during the shooting.
Early investigation reveals “shooting spree” began at local motel, where surveillance video shows gunman leaving room before starting fire, release says.
Surveillance footage shows the gunman “crossing the parking lot and falling” The Maricopa County Medical Examiner will establish the gunman’s official cause of death. Authorities are investigating the incident and want to inspect an adjacent motel room but need a warrant.
The shooting was one of several this weekend, including one at a grocery store in Bend, Oregon, where a gunman murdered two and injured a third. In Houston, a shooter set fire to a building and shot those who escaped, killing 3 and wounding 2. Other shootings occurred at Coney Island, a Sikh Temple in Stockton, and an Indianapolis hotel.