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Gunman’s Multi-Location Shooting Spree Leaves 1 Dead, 12 Wounded In Arizona

Phoenix, AZ – One person was killed and 12 more were wounded when a gunman went on a shooting spree in the Phoenix suburbs on Thursday.

The first report of an active shooter was made in the West Valley at about 12:30 p.m. on June 17, NBC News reported.

West Valley is located about 20 miles northwest of Phoenix.

But police think the first shooting occurred at 11:10 a.m. on the border of Glendale and Peoria and continued for about 90 minutes until the suspect was taken into custody at about 12:42 p.m., NBC News reported.

Four of the victims were shot.

The other nine were wounded by shrapnel, glass, car accidents, or other debris that was a result of having been shot at, NBC News reported.

Peoria Police Sergeant Brandon Sheffert said 12 of the injured people had suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The person who died was found shot inside their vehicle in a drainage ditch alongside Loop 101 and Thunderbird Road in Peoria, KTVK reported.

Peoria police, Surprise police, the Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety responded to a total of 13 crime scenes in eight locations.

A Surprise Fire-Medical Department employee spotted the suspect’s vehicle near 147th and Grand Avenues at about 12:30 p.m., KTVK reported.

The person called Surprise police and officers immediately responded to the scene.

Police stopped the vehicle and took the suspect into custody without incident, KTVK reported.

Officials said officers located a weapon at the scene where the suspect was taken into custody.

Surprise Police Sergeant Tommy Hale said investigators believed the gunman arrested was the sole participant in the shooting spree and told the community there was no ongoing threat on Thursday afternoon, KTVK reported.

“What I can tell you is that the suspect that we’re seeing, the vehicle that we’re seeing, he’s been taken into custody, and there’s no reason for the public to feel unsafe at this time,” Sgt. Hale explained to reporters.

Peoria police said it was going to be the lead agency, heading up the investigation into the gunman’s shooting spree, KTVK reported.

Officials have not yet released any information about the identity of the shooter or his victims.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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