One person was killed and at least five others injured Wednesday morning in shooting incidents across multiple locations in Mesa, Arizona. The shooter is still at large and law enforcement officials were staging a manhunt for a lone suspect, the Arizona Republic newspaper reported.
Gunfire broke out in Mesa around 8:45 a.m. local time at the Tri-City Inn on Main Street, where three people were shot in a motel room. One of the victims was killed and two others injured. The shooter ran to a restaurant near the neighboring East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) before stealing a car and traveling to the intersection of Emelita Avenue and South Longmore, where he shot two more people, the Arizona Republic reported.
The gunman has been described as a bald, white male in his 40s with a visible neck tattoo. The suspect was last seen wearing a gray shirt and black pants or shorts, KNXV-TV in Phoenix reported. A SWAT unit is also on scene assisting the Mesa Police Department.
"I've spoken to Mayor [John] Giles and offered the full support and resources of the state in handling this senseless shooting. I've also directed the Arizona Department of Public Safety to assist Mesa with any and all resources required. Right now, our hearts and prayers are with the people of Mesa, the individuals affected by this tragedy, and all law enforcement and first responders working to assist the victims," Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement Wednesday.
EVIT and the Southern and Dobson campuses of Mesa Community College were subsequently placed on lockdown, according to KNXV-TV. One student from East Valley Institute of Technology was shot in the shoulder, the Arizona Republic reported.
A Mesa Police Department spokesman told the newspaper that the department has confirmed at least three shooting scenes, but there could be as many as five or six. All of the scenes are believed to be connected to the same shooter.
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