Two EMTs and a fire captain were shot.
At least two people have been killed and several others injured after an SUV driver allegedly shot several people Sunday in Tucson, Arizona, including several first responders.
The shootings took place in three locations, with rescue workers responding to separate incidents.
Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said the incident began when the Tucson Fire Department was sent to a fire at 15.45 local time in the Irene Vista neighborhood in 2100. At “roughly” the same time, EMTs responded to an unrelated medical emergency in a nearby park. That was when, according to Magnus, a suspect got out of his silver SUV, approached the ambulance and opened fire, hitting the driver in the head and the passenger in the arm and chest.
The 20-year-old EMT driver is in “extremely critical condition”, while the EMT in the passenger seat, a 21-year-old woman, is listed in stable condition.
When fire trucks arrived on the call to the residence, neighbors were also on the scene and trying to help.
That’s when the suspect “arrives at the scene and starts shooting at both the fire department staff and the neighbors,” Magnus said during a news conference Sunday night.
At this point, firefighters called police to say they were being shot at. A fire captain was shot in the arm in the residence and is in good condition while a neighbor died after being shot in the head, police said. Another neighbor was grazed by a bullet and is in good condition.
Then when a corresponding police officer arrives at the scene, he sees the suspect’s vehicle in the area. The SUV then hits the officer’s car and deactivates it, Magnus said. The officer then got out of the car and exchanged shots with the alleged suspect and hit him. The 35-year-old alleged suspect is in critical condition at a local hospital.
Magnus said making the incident more complex is that a dead body was found inside the burning dwelling. At this time, the identity of the victim is not known and police said they are unsure whether the person’s death is directly related to the suspect.
Adding to the suspicion surrounding these incidents, authorities said “two or three” children associated with the burning residence are unknown. Anyone with information about these children, a description of which was not immediately available, was asked to call 911.
This is a “very tragic, truly horrific incident with many unknowns,” Magnus said Sunday night. The investigation, he said, will be “lengthy and complex.”
“I urge our entire Tucson community to join in thinking and praying for the victims of this afternoon’s fire and shooting of Silverlake Park, including first responders from AMR and the Tucson Fire Department. This was a horrific and senseless act of violence,” Tucson said. Mayor Regina Romero said in a statement Monday.