A gunman shot six people, killing at least one Wednesday morning in Mesa, Arizona.
The Police Department spokesman, Esteban Flores, told a news conference that a man of Anglo-Saxon origin with several tattoos on his body was arrested at about one o’clock, five hours after the first attack is reported.
Images captured by local media showed a man coming out of a complex of apartments and handcuffed inside a special medical white outfit used to preserve biological evidence. The suspect was transported to a local hospital.
Flores said they have not yet decided to name the stopped because they should interview several witnesses and do not want to jeopardize the investigation.
However, local media are identifying the suspect as Ryan Elliot Giroux, who has an extensive criminal record and has been in prison in Arizona for several offenses, including theft. This information has not yet been confirmed by the authorities.
Earlier, when authorities began the search operation, police officer suburb of Mesa, Esteban Flores, described the suspect as a white bald man in his 40s with a big tattoo on his neck. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and black pants.
A police officer suburb of Mesa, Esteban Flores, said the shootings took place in three different locations, including a restaurant and a hotel.
The shooting began around 8:45 am in the Tri-City Inn when three people were attacked by gunfire in a motel room, the source said. One person died and two others were injured.
The suspect then ran to a nearby restaurant Institute of Technology East Valley where he stole a car. A student also received a shot in the shoulder, police said.
The suspect fled in the stolen car and traveled to the area Emilta and S. Longmore Avenue, where two people were shot.
As part of the search operation aggressor, elements of the police closed an area around the Institute of Technology East Valley.
Meanwhile, Mesa Community College issued an emergency alert, saying that his squad was under guard.
“Do not go near campus. If you are on campus, please proceed to the nearest safe location,” said the alert.
The Institute of Technology East Valley put a tweet saying that “parents have been notified” in regard to an incident at their main campus.