A gunman has shot six people and killed at least one Wednesday morning in Mesa, Ariz. The shooter is still on the loose and police are actively searching for the suspect, according to a Mesa Police Department source.
Police are looking for a white man in his 40s with a neck tattoo, wearing a gray shirt and black shorts or pants.
The shooting began around 8:45 a.m. at the Tri-City Inn when three people were shot in a motel room, according to the source. One person was killed and two others were injured.
The suspect then ran to a nearby restaurant run by the East Valley Institute of Technology and stole a car. A student also was shot in the shoulder, according to police
The suspect took off in a stolen car and traveled to the Emilta Avenue and S. Longmore area, where two more people were shot.
Early reports said the shooting at multiple locations on Wednesday morning left four people injured and others calling in for medical assistance, fire officials said. The Mesa police department’s spokesman said they have at least three confirmed scenes, but could have as many as five or six
Mesa Community College’s Southern and Dobson campus put out an alert through its emergency system saying the campus was on lockdown. “Do not approach the campus. If you are on campus, please proceed to the nearest safe location and secure yourself inside,” the alert said.
A reporter who was on-site was escorted off the campus by a security guard. The security guard told the reporter that they were looking for a man with a gun on him.
“He has a gun and could shoot anyone at any time,” the guard said.
In addition, the East Valley Institute of Technology put out a tweet saying that “parents have been notified” in regards to an incident on its main campus.
Mesa fire medics were treating four patients on Main Street near a light rail station, a Mesa fire spokesman said.
Contributing: Megan Cassidy and Ken Alltucker, The Arizona Republic.