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2 dead, 5 injured in shooting in Phoenix; dead suspect

PHOENIX — Two people were killed and five injured, including two police officers, when a man armed with a semi-automatic rifle and wearing tactical gear began an apparently random attack in Phoenix on Sunday night before killing himself, authorities said.

Phoenix police identified the man Monday as 24-year-old Isaiah Steven Williams. They said he was found to have a single gunshot wound to the head, consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, though the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death.

It was not immediately clear Monday where Williams lived and if he had a criminal record.

Police said Williams was wearing a ballistic vest with steel plates on the front and back, a ballistic helmet, a gas mask and knee pads and was armed with a semi-automatic rifle along with various incendiary devices and multiple magazines for the rifle.

“Kevlar helmet, tactical vest, high-powered rifle — this individual was determined to cause harm to our community,” Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said Monday.

Police said they received a call about shots fired in the north-central part of the city around 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

When officers arrived, a man immediately opened fire on several fully marked patrol vans. Four patrol cars were riddled with bullets. One officer was shot in the shoulder and a second officer was shot in multiple places, including the face.

Police said the officer injured by shrapnel was able to get out of his car and return fire before other officers came to his aid to remove him from the area for medical treatment. Other officers began evacuating nearby businesses and leading community members to safety.

The officer who shot in the shoulder was hospitalized in stable condition, according to police.

Other officers began evacuating nearby businesses and leading community members to safety.

Police said preliminary information from the investigation, along with surveillance video from nearby businesses, showed the suspect leaving a room at a motel in the area and beginning to fire at random. The man was seen firing his rifle at the motel and then pointing the rifle at a car pulling into the parking lot.

A man and a woman inside that car died at the scene from gunshot wounds, according to police who have not yet released the names of the victims.

The suspect was also seen throwing a Molotov cocktail through a restaurant window. It didn’t turn on. It was at this point that officers began to arrive and were fired upon.

Surveillance video shows the suspect walking through the parking lot and then falling to the ground.

Three bystanders at various locations around the scene of the shooting were injured by flying gunshots, treated at hospitals and released.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced that it is assisting in the investigation of the shootings.

“Once again, this is another example of gun violence in our community,” said Police Chief Jeri Williams. “How many more officers have to be shot? How many more community members have to be killed before our community members take a stand? This is not a Phoenix Police issue, this is a community issue. If not now when?”

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