Gunman Wounds EMTs, Firefighter During Deadly Shooting Spree in Arizona

A 35-year-old man opened fire on an ambulance crew before driving up to the scene of a house fire and shooting firefighters and neighbors trying to douse the flames


A series of attacks Sunday afternoon in Arizona have ended with five people shot, including one fatality, and three children missing, Tucson police said. The suspect in the attacks was critically wounded 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 driver of the ambulance, a 20-year-old man, was shot in the head, and a paramedic in the passenger's seat, a 21-year-old woman, was shot in the chest and arm. The man was in critical condition and the woman was stable.

Then, the suspect is accused of driving up to the scene of a nearby house fire and shooting at firefighters and neighbors trying to douse the flames, the chief said. One neighbor was shot in the head and died. A firefighter was shot in the arm, and another bullet grazed another neighbor's head.

A body was found inside the burned home, and three children who lived there are missing, Magnus said. Officials were working to determine whether other family or friends took the children in.

A police officer responding to the scene encountered the suspect a couple blocks away, the chief said. Police said the suspect rammed his SUV into the officer's vehicle and opened fire. The officer returned fire and shot the suspect, critically wounding him, the chief said.

The investigation was ongoing. It was unclear what prompted the attacks.

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