TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A series of attacks on Sunday afternoon in Arizona has ended with five shots, including one fatality, and two or three missing children, Tucson police said. The suspect in the attacks was seriously injured by an officer.
A 35-year-old man is accused of opening fire on an ambulance crew around 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Tucson police chief Chris Magnus told news outlets. The ambulance driver, 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 was in critical condition and the woman was stable.
The suspect is then charged with driving to the site of a nearby house fire and shooting at firefighters and neighbors who tried to extinguish the flames, the chief said. A neighbor was shot in the head and died. A firefighter was shot in the arm and another bullet grazed another neighbor’s head.
A “severely burned” body was found in the house that was on fire, and “two or three” children living there are missing, Magnus said. Officials were busy determining the location of the children.
A police officer who arrived at the scene found the suspect a few blocks away, the chief said. According to police, the suspect rammed his SUV into the officer’s car and opened fire. The officer returned fire and shot the suspect, seriously injuring him, the chief said. The officer was not injured.
“This is a very tragic, really horrific incident, with many unknowns,” Magnus said.
The investigation was underway. It was not clear what prompted the attacks.
This story has been corrected to clarify that the police chief said two or three children were missing after the house fire, not three.