Police are hunting a gunman who shot at least six people — killing one — at multiple locations Wednesday morning in Mesa, Ariz.
The Arizona Republic reported that the first shooting occurred in a motel room, where three were shot. The suspect reportedly fled the scene and shot three others. The shooting is believed to have stemmed from an argument, police said.
Mesa Det. Esteban Flores said the victims were injured in shootings at three locations, including a restaurant and a hotel. The city is about 20 miles east of Phoenix.
Flores said police are looking for a bald, white man in his 40s with a large tattoo on his neck. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and either black pants or black shorts.
Working active shooting scene 1600 w main st. Avoid the area. Main at westbound closed in that area.
— Mesa Police Dept. (@MesaPD) March 18, 2015
Mesa police closed off an area around the East Valley Institute of Technology on Wednesday morning. One shooting scene is also near a light rail line that travels through the metro Phoenix area.
Meanwhile, Mesa Community College issued an emergency alert, saying its campus was on lockdown and anyone already there should proceed to the safest location.
Several locations in the area were placed on lockdown amid a heavy law enforcement presence, including police searching car trunks and interviewing witnesses. The Arizona Department of Public Safety sent its SWAT team to Mesa to assist with the effort, DPS spokesman Bart Graves said. Scottsdale police are also sending SWAT and canine units.
One victim was wounded at a restaurant and ran across the street to get treated by ambulance crews that were already at the motel. Flores said one of the victims had wounds described as life-threatening. He said no information is available on the other injured people.
“Right now, our hearts and prayers are with the people of Mesa, the individuals affected by this tragedy, and all law enforcement and first responders working to assist the victims,” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report