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| 5 August 2021, Thursday |

Multiple people shot, one dead in series of attacks in Tucson, Arizona

Five people were shot, one killed, and two or three children missing, as a result of a series of attacks Sunday afternoon in Arizona Tucson, police said. The suspect in the attacks was critically wounded by an officer.

A 35-year-old man is accused of opening fire on an ambulance crew around 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Tucson police Chief Chris Magnus told news outlets. The driver of the ambulance, a 20-year-old man, was shot in the head, and a paramedic in the passengers seat, a 21-year-old woman, was shot in the chest and arm. The man was in critical condition and the woman was stable.

Then, the suspect is accused of driving up to the scene of a nearby house fire and shooting at firefighters and neighbours trying to douse the flames, the chief said. One neighbour was shot in the head and died. A firefighter was shot in the arm, and another bullet grazed another neighbour’s head.

A “badly burned” body was found inside the home that was on fire, and “two or three” children who lived there are missing, Magnus said. Officials were working to determine the location of the children.

A police officer responding to the scene encountered the suspect a couple blocks away, the chief said. Police said the suspect rammed his SUV into the officer’s vehicle and opened fire. The officer returned fire and shot the suspect, critically wounding him, the chief said. The officer was not injured.

“This is a highly tragic, really horrific incident, with many unknowns,” Magnus said.

The investigation was ongoing. It was unclear what prompted the attacks.