Gunman kills 5 people in Yuma before turning gun on himselfPosted: Updated:
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) -- Five people are dead and one person has been critically wounded in a series of shootings in southwest Arizona.
The shootings happened Thursday morning in Yuma County.
Yuma police say the shooter is Carey Hal Dyess, 73, of Yuma.
Around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Yuma County Sheriff's Office deputies found Dyess dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head off of Highway 95 outside of Yuma.
Yuma police Sgt. Clint Norred told the Yuma Sun that the shootings were connected and are under investigation. It's unclear exactly what the motive may have been. People who know the suspect told 3TV Dyess wasn't acting as if he was plotting any shootings.
Norred said four of the fatal shootings occurred in the county and one happened within Yuma city limits.
The shooting within Yuma city limits occurred near the Yuma County Courthouse, at 250 West 2nd Street. Police say their investigation revealed an elderly male suspect entered a business and shot and killed an adult male.
Attorney Amanda Taylor told The Associated Press that shooting victim was Jerrold Shelley who represented the ex-wife of Dyess in their divorce case.
Yuma police say Dyess shot and killed Shelley in Shelley's downtown law office. Taylor says Shelley's wife also worked in the office, and that the two have a grown son and daughter.
The courthouse was placed on lock-down for a short time, but has since been re-opened. According to Superior Court, there were no injuries within the courthouse.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this incident,” stated Yuma Presiding Judge Andrew Gould. “We are thankful that those within the courthouse are safe but we are shocked and saddened at the violent acts that have occurred in our close-knit community.”
Police haven't confirmed the identity of the other victims. The injured victim being treated at a Phoenix-area hospital is listed in critical condition.