Police say at least 3 shot at Phoenix office complex

Arizona

Police say at least 3 shot at Phoenix office complex

Posted: Updated:

PHOENIX (AP) -- A gunman opened fire at a Phoenix office building on Wednesday, wounding three people, one of them critically, authorities said. Police were searching for the shooter.

The remaining two victims' injuries were less severe, Sgt. Tommy Thompson said. Police do not believe the shooting was a random act, Thompson said.

Authorities said police believe there was only one shooter.

A SWAT team surrounded a house 7 miles from the shooting scene that police said is connected to the shooting. Officers were talking to someone who was not the suspect, Sgt. Steve Martos said.

The gunfire prompted terrified workers throughout the complex to lock the doors to their offices and hide far from the windows. SWAT officers searched the building.

"Everyone was just scared, honestly, just scared," said Navika Sood, assistant director of nursing at First at Home Health Services who along with her co-workers locked the entrances to their office.

Sood said authorities evacuated the office about 30 minutes after she first heard the popping noises.

The shooting took place on the same day that hearings on legislation to address gun violence were convened in Washington, with former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords testifying for stricter gun controls.

A gunman shot Giffords in the head during a shooting rampage in Tucson in January 2011.

Around 10:30 a.m., the gunman arrived at the office building and got into a dispute with someone, a conflict that escalated to the point where he drew a gun and shot three people, Thompson said.

Vannessa Brogan, who works in sales support at an insurance business in the three-story complex, said she heard a loud bang that she thought at first was from somebody working in or near the building.

She said others at the business thought they heard multiple loud noises. She said people locked themselves in offices until authorities evacuated the complex that houses insurance, medical and law offices.

Becky Neher, who works for a title company in the building, said the two gunshots she heard sounded like two pieces of metal banging against each other.

Watching from her second-story office, she saw people leaving the building.

"Someone yelled, `We have a shooter,'" she said. She saw two victims lying on the ground outside the back side of the building. She said health care workers who have offices in the complex came out to help.

Don Jaksa, a software consultant who works in the building, said he was listening to the radio when he suddenly heard "two pops." He said he didn't think they were gunshots.

"My co-worker goes to the range all the time," he said. "He identified it as gunfire."

His co-worker then locked the door. After five minutes, they left and ran into police and someone carrying a stretcher. The police escorted them back to their office and told them to lock the door again.

They were eventually evacuated, and as he sat on a rock outside the complex, his wife called to make sure he was OK after seeing the shooting on the news.

Workers were later allowed to leave the building. Two hugged each other when they got outside.

"You don't expect this when you come to work," worker Lindsa Rincon said

  • Email Alert Sign Up

    Sign up here to receive breaking news stories from KSWT.com and morning updates to your email inbox.

    * denotes required fields


    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.

KSWT-TV Affiliates

Go to KSWT-TV's Facebook page
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man found dead after 10 days in California lake

    Man found dead after 10 days in California lake

    Ten days after he was seen struggling in the water, a 22-year-old man has been found dead in a Santa Barbara County Lake.More >>
    Ten days after he was seen struggling in the water, a 22-year-old man has been found dead in a Santa Barbara County Lake.More >>
  • Coming soon...Wal-Mart

    Coming soon...Wal-Mart

    On Wednesday the Yuma City Council voted to change the zoning designation on the proposed land acquired by Wal-Mart. The property located near the intersection of Avenue B and 8th Street was the home of a mobile home park as zones for residential use; the new designation changes that to mixed which will allow the new store to move in to the property. The new store will be the fifth Wal-Mart for Yuma County.More >>
    On Wednesday the Yuma City Council voted to change the zoning designation on the proposed land acquired by Wal-Mart. The property located near the intersection of Avenue B and 8th Street was the home of a mobile home park as zones for residential use; the new designation changes that to mixed which will allow the new store to move in to the property. The new store will be the fifth Wal-Mart for Yuma County.More >>
  • Out with the old...

    Out with the old...

    It has been a staple in the Yuma community since the early 70's and the place to meet for the young and old alike. The Southgate Mall now sits on broken asphalt and bares the scares of more than 40 years; decades being passed from owner to owner and now it's set to be torn down to make way for a new more improved shopping center. Today the building has been stripped from within to make way for demolition equipment to tear down the center portion of the mall. Stores like Sear, Burlington and t...More >>
    It has been a staple in the Yuma community since the early 70's and the place to meet for the young and old alike. The Southgate Mall now sits on broken asphalt and bares the scares of more than 40 years; decades being passed from owner to owner and now it's set to be torn down to make way for a new more improved shopping center. Today the building has been stripped from within to make way for demolition equipment to tear down the center portion of the mall. Stores like Sear, Burlington and t...More >>
  • Police probe 2 suspicious deaths in Sausalito

    Police probe 2 suspicious deaths in Sausalito

    Police in Sausalito are probing whether the suspicious deaths of two people inside a home are the touristy city's first homicides in five years.More >>
    Police in Sausalito are probing whether the suspicious deaths of two people inside a home are the touristy city's first homicides in five years.More >>
  • Judge denies indecent exposure suspect's bond be reduced

    Judge denies indecent exposure suspect's bond be reduced

    A California man accused of exposing himself to two victims in Yuma was in court Monday morning.More >>
  • Man admits firing cannon device that killed woman

    Man admits firing cannon device that killed woman

    A 41-year-old man has pleaded guilty to felony charges after setting off a homemade, cannon-like device that killed his longtime girlfriend in San Diego County.More >>
    A 41-year-old man has pleaded guilty to felony charges after setting off a homemade, cannon-like device that killed his longtime girlfriend in San Diego County.More >>
  • Missing Arizona leukemia girl found safe in Mexico

    Missing Arizona leukemia girl found safe in Mexico

    Los Algodones, B.C. Mexico--KSWT News 13 has located the missing 11-year old girl with leukemia who disappeared from the Phoenix Children's Hospital last month. We found Emily Bracamontes and her mother,More >>
    KSWT News 13 has located the missing 11-year old girl with leukemia who disappeared from the Phoenix Children's Hospital last month. More >>
  • Woman whose kids drowned pleads guilty to felonies

    Woman whose kids drowned pleads guilty to felonies

    The mother of two toddlers who drowned in a San Diego County swimming pool has pleaded guilty to two counts of felony child endangerment.More >>
    The mother of two toddlers who drowned in a San Diego County swimming pool has pleaded guilty to two counts of felony child endangerment.More >>