Mesa shooting spree suspect in custody; 1 dead, 5 more shot

Mar 18, 2015 5:00 PM by CBS News

MESA, Ariz. - Police in Arizona have captured a man who allegedly killed one person and wounded five others in a shooting spree on Wednesday.

Mesa Detective Esteban Flores told reporters that the suspect, who police have not yet named, was captured shortly before 12:30 p.m. when a SWAT team spotted him on the balcony of a vacant condo in Mesa, a suburb of Phoenix.

Flores said that the suspect was tased by police and surrendered. He was escorted to a waiting vehicle in a white hazardous-materials suit, and with his handcuffed hands in black gloves to preserve evidence on his clothing and body.

According to Flores, police first received a call about a shooting at the Tri-City Motel around 8:40 am. When they arrived, police found one man and two women shot. The man died at the scene and the two women were transported to a nearby hospital.

The suspect, who police sought for nearly four hours, was described as a bald, white male with face and neck tattoos, in his late 30's or early 40s, wearing a black shirt and black shorts.

The suspect then fled to a restaurant run by the East Valley Institute of Technology and stole a gray Honda Accord. Flores said one adult male student was shot in the shoulder outside the restaurant.

Flores said the suspect then fled to an apartment complex where he attempted a home invasion, shooting and wounding one man who he said will survive. The suspect then allegedly went to a second apartment complex where he shot and wounded another man who is in critical condition.

Flores declined to speculate on a motive for the spree, but said that the suspect and the man who was killed had "some type of argument" and that the rest of the events were motivated by robbery and attempts to get away.

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