2 killed, 5 injured in Phoenix shooting; suspicious death – Times of India


PHOENIX: Two people were killed and five injured — including two police officers — when a man armed with a semi-automatic rifle and wearing tactical gear launched a seemingly random attack in Phoenix on Sunday night before committing suicide, authorities said.
Phoenix Police Department identified the man as 24-year-old Isaiah Steven on Monday Williams. They said he suffered a single gunshot wound to the head, consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, although the Maricopa County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.
It was not immediately clear on Monday where Williams lived or whether he had a criminal record.
Police said Williams wore a ballistic vest with steel plates on the front and back, a ballistic helmet, a gas mask and knee pads and was armed with a semi-automatic rifle along with several incendiary devices and multiple magazines for the rifle.
“Kevlar helmet, tactical vest, high-powered rifle – this person was out to harm our community,” Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said Monday.
Police said they received a call around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday about gunfire in the north-central part of the city.
When officers arrived, a man immediately opened fire on several fully-marked patrol SUVs. Four patrol cars were riddled with bullets. One officer was hit by a bullet in the shoulder and a second officer was hit in several places, including the face, by shrapnel.
Police said the officer injured by shrapnel was able to get out of his car and fire back before other officers came to his aid to remove him from the area for medical treatment. Other officers began evacuating nearby businesses and taking community members to a safe place.
The officer, who was shot in the shoulder, has been hospitalized in stable condition, according to police.
Other officers began evacuating nearby businesses and taking community members to a safe place.
Police said preliminary investigative information, along with surveillance video from nearby businesses, showed the suspect exited a room at a motel in the area and started shooting indiscriminately. The man was seen firing his gun into the motel and then aiming the gun at a car pulling into the parking lot.
A man and a woman in that car died of gunshot wounds at the scene, according to police who have not yet released the names of the victims.
The suspect was also seen throwing a Molotov cocktail at a restaurant window. It didn’t ignite. It was around this time that officers began arriving and being fired upon.
Surveillance footage shows the suspect making his way through the parking lot and then falling to the ground.
Three bystanders at different locations around the shooting were injured by flying gunfire, were treated in hospitals and released.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearmsand Explosives has announced it is helping with the investigation into the shooting.
“Once again, this is another example of gun violence in our community,” said Police Chief Jeri Williams. ‘How many more cops still need to be shot? How many members of the community have to be killed before those in our community take a stand? This is not a Phoenix police problem, this is a community problem. If not now, when?”

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