Arizona shooting suspect in custody after 6 shot, 1 dead

Posted at 2:24 PM, Mar 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-18 16:47:05-04

MESA, Ariz. – The suspect in the shootings of six people in Mesa, Arizona, is in custody, Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh said Wednesday.

Officials said the suspect and the man who died may have known each other.

One man died and five other people were wounded Wednesday morning in several locations in Mesa, Arizona, Mesa Police Department spokesman Det. Esteban Flores said.

The shootings began at a motel across the street from a school, Flores said.

Three people were shot at the Tri-City Inn, across the street from the East Valley Institute of Technology, Flores said. One of those victims died, he said.

A man who is an EVIT student also was shot, Flores said.

The suspect carjacked a Honda and later shot a man during a home invasion and another man in the apartment complex next door.

Both men are expected to live.

The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were assisting local authorities in the manhunt.

EVIT said on Twitter that parents of those affected have been notified of an “incident on EVIT Main Campus.”

The facility hosts vocational and other classes for high school students from 10 school districts, as well as adult education programs, according to the school’s website.

News of the shootings caught the attention of the state’s senior U.S. senator.

Mesa is about 20 miles east of Phoenix; it is Arizona’s third-largest city.