Gunman in tactical gear died after killing 2 people in Phoenix

PHOENIX — Three people, including the suspect, were killed and two Phoenix police officers were injured in a shooting Sunday night, authorities said.

The Phoenix Police Department said Isaiah Steven Williams, 24, was wearing tactical gear when he opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle outside a motel near 27th Avenue and Deer Valley Road.

“Kevlar helmet, tactical vest, high powered rifle – this individual was determined to do harm to our community,” Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said. KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show Monday morning.

The two officers’ injuries were not life-threatening, Sgt. said Vincent Cole during a press conference. One officer has already been released from hospital.

Three other people at the site were treated for their injuries and discharged from hospital, police said.

Police say Isaiah Williams died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officers responded to the area after an 8:30 p.m. call about shots fired near a motel and other businesses.

Investigators said surveillance video showed the suspect shooting randomly at the building and then at a vehicle that had parked in the motel parking lot.

A man and a woman in the vehicle were killed, police said. The victims were identified on Tuesday as Misael Arevalo, 36, and Karla Garzona, 44.

The suspect then threw a Molotov cocktail at the restaurant window, but it did not start a fire.

He fired at the arriving officers; one was shot in the shoulder and the other received shrapnel, including in the face.

The officer with the injured shoulder managed to get out of the patrol vehicle and return fire as the rescue units came to a halt. Four patrol units were sprayed with bullets.

Jeri Williams said more than 100 shots were fired.

Police said they evacuated nearby businesses.

Video showed Isaiah Williams running through the parking lot and then falling to the ground, police said. Besides the rifle and tactical gear, they said he had ammunition, incendiary devices and a gas mask.

“We have a very complex and very large scene,” Cole told a press conference.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting in the investigation into the shooting.

Deer Valley Road was closed from Interstate 17 to 27th Avenue until approximately 4 p.m. Monday. The southbound I-17 frontage road was closed between Pinnacle Peak and Deer Valley roads for the investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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