One person is dead and five more are wounded after a man went on a shooting spree in Mesa Wednesday morning. The suspect is on the loose.
Officers are actively looking for that suspect, a bald white male in his 40s. He has a tattoo on his neck and was wearing a gray shirt and black pants or shorts. Police are working to confirm the suspect’s name.
The first 911 call came in between 8:30 and 9 a.m., with more following quickly.
A second call came in a short time later, this one about a shooting at Bistro 13, 1353 W. Main St., a restaurant run by the East Valley Institute of Technology. An adult student was shot in the shoulder.
The suspect carjacked a vehicle from an EVIT teacher at the restaurant. Police thought they had located that vehicle, a gray Honda, but Flores said that is not the case.
Police are working as many as six different scenes.
Details were slow to emerge, but the Mesa Fire and Medical Department confirmed that it was treating multiple patients, including three people at the Tri-City Inn, 1504 W. Main St.
A woman whose sister lives at the Tri-City Inn told reporter Jill Galus that her sister’s boyfriend was shot and killed. Police, however, have not confirmed that.
Another woman reportedly was driving on Main Street between Longmore and Alma School Road, which is near Mesa Community College, when a bullet struck her car, shattering a window.
Aerial video from the scene showed police going through an apartment complex in the area of Southern Avenue and Dobson Road. Police were searching vehicles as they left the neighborhood.
From Bistro 13, the suspect made his way to an apartment complex near Southern Avenue and Dobson Road. Another person, an adult male, was shot during a home invasion. That victim is expected to survive.
Yet another shooting was reported at a second apartment complex. That victim, also an adult male, reportedly is in critical condition.
Police believe the suspect might be hiding somewhere in that complex.
Mesa Detective Esteban Flores warned area residents to stay inside and call 911 if they see the suspect. When asked whether residents should be worried about the shooter, Flores said, “Absolutely, they should be really concerned.”
Police are urging people to cooperate with the officers as they continue their search.
At this point, investigators do not know what spawned the shooting spree, but they believe the suspect and the dead man might have known each other and might have been involved in an argument. Early indications are that the subsequent shootings were random.
At this point, investigators do not know what spawned the shootings.
EVIT was locked down for a time early in the situation, but that has since been lifted although afternoon classes have been canceled.
Mesa Community College is on lock down according to Dawn Zimmer, media relations for MCC confirmed. MCC is on spring break, so Ms. Zimmer said there shouldn’t be many people on campus.
Although there were rumors about Arizona State University also going into lock down, administrative assistant, Linda Herdan, told Melissa Fittro, a reporter with the East Mesa Independent,during a phone interview there is no reason to believe the shooter is near the campus.
Westbound Main Street is closed between Alma School and Dobson roads. It is not clear how long it will be shut down.
Valley Metro said four bus routes — Route 40, Arizona Avenue LINK, Main Street LINK and Route 104 — are on detour.
“Light Rail service is not affected,” Ann Glasser, a Valley Metro spokeswoman said in an e-mail to media outlets.
Independent Newsmedia Inc. reporter Melissa Fittro contributed to this story.
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Catherine Holland writes for CBS 5 News