One dead, 5 wounded in shooting in Phoenix suburb; suspect captured

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MESA, Ariz. —  The suspect who fatally shot one man and wounded five others in Mesa, Arizona, is in custody, authorities said Wednesday.

The series of shootings took place Wednesday morning in several locations, Detective Esteban Flores of the Mesa Police Department said.

The shootings began at a motel where the suspect got into an argument in a room then shot three people whom he likely knew outside, Flores said.

One man who was shot at the Tri-City Inn, across the street from the East Valley Institute of Technology, died, Flores said.

Two women were wounded as was an EVIT student who was at a restaurant run by the school on the other side of the street, Flores said. The wounded man crossed the road to be treated when paramedics arrived.

The suspect carjacked a Honda and later shot a man after breaking into his apartment and another man in the apartment complex next door. Both men were expected to live. Flores said the suspect likely was trying to rob his victims as he tried to get away from authorities.

Flores said the suspect, whom he didn’t identify, was found by Mesa’s SWAT team in a second-floor condo that was vacant. Police moved into the unit and used a Taser on the suspect.

The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted local authorities in the manhunt.

News of the shootings caught the attention of the state’s senior U.S. senator.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of #Mesa right now #Arizona,” U.S. Sen. John McCain said on Twitter Wednesday.

Mesa is about 20 miles east of Phoenix and is Arizona’s third-largest city.

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