A 73-year old Yuma man sent the local community into a shock by shooting dead five people, including his ex-wife, her lawyer and himself, in a case being billed as divorce gone bad.

Carey Hal Dyess, 73, allegedly held a grudge against his former wife Theresa and did not hesitate to shoot her and her divorce lawyer.

Theresa was Dyess' fifth wife, having married him in 2002. The couple filed for divorce in 2006 after Theresa complained of domestic violence.

A fifth person, a friend of Dyess' wife, also got shot four times in the face but survived.

Yuma County Sheriff's Office said the first shot was reported at 5 a.m. Dyess' first victim was a woman friend of Theresa. She had somehow survived the shooting and was alert and breathing when the police arrived.

The second shooting was reported at around 9 a.m. Dyess' second victim was a woman, who could not be identified.

Fifteen minutes later, divorce attorney Jerrold Shelley was shot dead in his law office on Second Avenue in downtown Yuma.

Soon thereafter, Dyess shot dead another two people, including his ex-wife before training the gun on himself and pulling the trigger.

Dyess' body was found at 10.47 a.m. in his car - a PT Cruiser - which was parked in a dry creek in Blaisdell, a desert area 10 miles east of downtown Yuma.

The senseless killing has sent the people of the city that sits on the border of Arizona, into a shock.

Yuma Mayor, Alan L. Krieger, has called the incident a tragedy and said it's not reflective of the values of our community.

Governor Jan Brewer said she was horrified by the incident. This cruel violence has left a void in our hearts, she said.

The shooting prompted the law enforcement officials to temporarily order closure of schools and government buildings in the neighborhood.

The police investigating the case said an order of protection was issued against Dyess in 2006 at the instance of his wife, who intended to divorce him.