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One dead and five wounded in shooting attacks in US suburb

The suspect – a bald, white man in his 40s – is still at large.
Mar 18th 2015, 10:40 PM 25,955 20

Updated 22.43

A GUNMAN HAS killed one person and injured five others across multiple locations in a Phoenix suburb, and police warned residents to stay indoors as they hunt for the suspect.

Mesa Detective Esteban Flores says victims were injured this morning in shootings at three locations, including a restaurant and a hotel. He said the number of victims is four, but they are still sorting out the toll.

“We could have more at this time,” Flores said. “We just don’t know.”

Flores says police are looking for a bald, white man in his 40s with a large tattoo on his neck. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and either black pants or black shorts. Police believe the shooter was acting alone.

The incident started with an argument inside a room at a motel and spilled outside, and three people were wounded there, Flores said. The suspect then shot a person at a nearby restaurant and carjacked a gray Honda Accord. Two more people were wounded at separate apartment complexes, including one during a home invasion.

When asked whether local residents should be worried about the shooting, Flores said, “Absolutely, they should be really concerned.”

The shooting occurred near the East Valley Institute of Technology. Mesa Community College issued an emergency alert, saying its campus was on lockdown and anyone already there should proceed to the safest location.

The shooting scene is near a light rail line that travels through the metro Phoenix area.

First published 18.20

Additional reporting Business Insider 

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