US Tucson shooting, residential fire leaves two dead, several injured, including EMTs and fire captain
A string of attacks in Tucson in Arizona in the US ended Sunday afternoon with five people shot, including one fatality and the suspect critically wounded by a Police officer, authorities said. A 35-year-old man is accused of opening fire on an ambulance crew around 15h45 Sunday, 18 July 2021, Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said. Tucson Fire Department crews were sent to extinguish a house fire while a team of medics were responding to a medical emergency at a park for an unrelated call, said Police spokesperson Sgt Richard Gradillas. The medics were flagged down by a man who pointed in the direction of the house fire before opening fire and shooting both members of the ambulance crew, Gradillas said.
The driver of the ambulance, 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 is in critical condition and the woman was stable.
The suspect also is allegedly drove to the nearby house fire and shot at fire fighters and neighbours trying to douse the flames, the chief said. One neighbour was fatally shot in the head. A fire fighter was shot in the arm and another bullet grazed a neighbour’s head. The fire fighter was released from the hospital and in "good condition," according to a tweet from the Tucson Fire Department.
A "badly burned" body was found inside the home and "two or three" children who lived there were missing, Magnus said. Gradillas later said that all the children who were reported missing have been found by police.
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 officer was not injured.
"This is a highly tragic, really horrific incident, with many unknowns," Magnus said.
The investigation was ongoing. It was unclear what prompted the attacks.
Sources: The Associated Press, USA Today