Gunman Who Went On Shooting Spree Near Phoenix Now In Custody

March 18, 2015 1:39 p.m.

Police on Wednesday captured a gunman believed to have killed one person and wounded five others in a shooting spree in Mesa, Arizona.

The vice mayor of Mesa, Dennis Kavanaugh, told CNN on-air that police had taken one person into custody. Mesa police, along with other local law enforcement agencies and the FBI, had conducted a manhunt for the shooting suspect that lasted a few hours.

Det. Esteban Florez, a spokesman for the Mesa Police Department, described the suspect in a news conference as a bald, white male in his late 30s or early 40s with tattoos on his neck and face. Police wouldn’t release the suspect’s name.

Flores said that authorities received several emergency calls from multiple shooting scenes beginning at 8:40 a.m. local time. The first call came in from a motel, where three victims, including one who was confirmed dead, were found, Flores said.

The gunman then moved from the motel to a restaurant called Bistro 13 across the street from the East Valley Institute of Technology, Flores said. After shooting and injuring an adult male student at Bistro 13, the gunman fled the scene in a stolen gray Honda accord.

The gunman later injured two more victims in separate shooting incidents at neighboring apartment complexes, Flores said.

This post has been updated.

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