Anyone want to make a side bet this was also done with a legally purchased gun in AZ? No?
Anyone want to bet that this guy really believed he was in the right, that he was exercising his 2nd Amendment rights, and that his gun ownership and use was perfectly reasonable? No?
YUMA, Ariz. — A 73-year-old gunman apparently upset over a divorce case went on a shooting spree Thursday around Yuma county, Ariz., killing at least five people including himself and the attorney representing his ex-wife, officials said.
A sixth person was injured and flown to a Phoenix-area hospital.
Authorities identified the suspected shooter as Carey Hal Dyess of Yuma. Yuma County Sheriff's deputies found Dyess with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound near Blaisdell and Highway 95 around 11:35 a.m.
Earlier, the gunman shot attorney Jerrold Shelley in his downtown Yuma law office, said Jerry Geier, police chief of the city of 91,000 along the Colorado River near the Mexican border. Attorney Amanda Taylor said Shelley represented Dyess' ex-wife.
Yuma police spokesman Clint Norred told the Sun that the shootings were connected, but he would not confirm the identities of all the victims.
Four fatalities took place in the county.
Some of the victims were friends and relatives of the gunman, Mayor Alan Krieger told Reuters by telephone.
Details of the incident were sketchy, but Krieger and police said the shootings unfolded at six locations in and around the city.
Krieger said the gunman's motive was not entirely clear but that he was believed to be upset over a divorce case.
Court records show Dyess was involved in two civil court cases, one in Yuma and one in nearby Wellton. A judge issued an order of protection against Dyess in one of the cases in 2006, and a court clerk said it stemmed from Dyess' wife divorcing him.
The Yuma County Sheriff's Office was called to the first scene when the body of a woman was found in a yard at Avenue 35-1/2E and Old Highway 80, the Sun said.
Around 9:21 a.m., the Yuma Police Department responded to a shooting in the 300 block of 2nd Avenue in Yuma, which is where Shelley was killed.
Shootings were also were reported in the Wellton area.
The Yuma County Courthouse and schools in the area, including Roosevelt, Fourth Avenue Junior High and the Post building, were placed under a lockdown, which was later lifted.
"The situation has ended and now we’re sorting out the details," Krieger told the Sun. "My sympathies to the families with this loss of life."
The Sun said City Administrator Greg Wilkinson warned staff in an email that "certain people" were targeted.
Wellton Mayor James Deermer told the Sun "rumors are floating around." He called the shootings "a tragedy for our community ... that’s true anywhere."
Yuma Presiding Judge Andrew Gould issued a statement early Thursday afternoon: "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."