PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Two people were wounded in a shooting at Desert Sky Mall Monday before Phoenix police shot and killed the suspect.

A 44-year-old woman and a man in his 50s were taken to the hospital, according to Capt. Nicole Minnick of the Phoenix Fire Department. 

According to Phoenix Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Mercedes Fortune, the suspect tried to carjack a woman in the mall parking lot shortly before 11 a.m. "That woman was shot as she drove away," according to a post on the Phoenix Police Department's Facebook page

[WATCH: Suspect pronounced dead at the scene, 2 victims expected to recover]

The suspect, identified as 38-year-old Richard Ruiz, then tried to carjack a second woman, police said. The woman, however, managed to get away unhurt; she ran from her truck, screaming for help. A good Samaritan heard her and tried to come to her aid. The suspect shot him, Fortune said. Both he and the woman in the first vehicle are expected to recover, according to police.

[WATCH: Police explain what happened]

Fortune said Ruiz used the stolen truck to ram a patrol vehicle and refused to stop for officers. Officers stopped the stolen truck; that's when Ruiz was shot. Fortune said Ruiz was pronounced dead at the scene.  

Investigators are trying to determine what led up to the carjackings that spawned the shootings. Video from the scene showed police converged outside Burlington. Desert Sky Mall is located at 75th Avenue and Thomas Road

[WATCH: Witness shares what she saw] 

Police said the mall remains open as police investigate the incident. This is the 41st officer-involved shooting in the Phoenix area this year.

 


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