3 shot at office complex in Arizona
|By JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press|
The country's latest mass shooting occurred as
One of the victims was wounded critically, authorities said. Police were searching for the shooter.
The remaining two victims' injuries were less severe, Sgt.
Authorities said police believe there was only one shooter.
The shooting took place on the same day that hearings on legislation to address gun violence were convened in
An elite police team surrounded a house 7 miles (11 kilometers) from the shooting scene that police said is connected to the shooting. Officers were talking to someone who was not the suspect, Sgt.
The gunfire prompted terrified workers throughout the complex to lock the doors to their offices and hide far from the windows. SWAT officers searched the building.
"Everyone was just scared, honestly, just scared," said Navika Sood, assistant director of nursing at First at
Sood said authorities evacuated the office about 30 minutes after she first heard the popping noises.
She said others at the business thought they heard multiple loud noises. She said people locked themselves in offices until authorities evacuated the complex that houses insurance, medical and law offices.
Watching from her second-story office, she saw people leaving the building.
"Someone yelled, `We have a shooter,'" she said. She saw two victims lying on the ground outside the back side of the building. She said health care workers who have offices in the complex came out to help.
"My co-worker goes to the range all the time," he said. "He identified it as gunfire."
His co-worker then locked the door. After five minutes, they left and ran into police and someone carrying a stretcher. The police escorted them back to their office and told them to lock the door again.
They were eventually evacuated, and as he sat on a rock outside the complex, his wife called to make sure he was OK after seeing the shooting on the news.
Workers were later allowed to leave the building. Two hugged each other when they got outside.
"You don't expect this when you come to work," worker
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