Tucson police say a series of attacks Sunday afternoon have ended with five people shot, including one fatality, and originally two missing children.
The actions of the vicious attacks were from a 35-year-old man, accused of opening fire on an ambulance crew around 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Tucson police Chief Chris Magnus told news outlets. The driver of the ambulance, a 20-year-old man, was shot in the head, and a paramedic in the passenger’s seat, a 21-year-old woman, was shot in the chest and arm. The man was in critical condition and the woman was stable.
The suspect is accused of driving up to the scene of a nearby house fire and shooting at firefighters and neighbors who were working to douse the flames, the chief said. One neighbor was shot in the head and died. A firefighter was shot in the arm, and another bullet grazed another neighbor’s head.
A badly burned body was found inside the home that was on fire, and two children who lived in the home are missing, Magnus said.
At the time of the incident, officials were working to determine the location of the children. TPD said in a Monday morning update, the kids have been located.
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.