TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – Police have confirmed that children who were unaccounted for after a deadly shooting spree and house fire on Sunday, July 18, have been located and are safe.
Police did not say how many children they were looking for and have not yet provided additional information about the circumstances of how they were found.
At least two people were killed Sunday, and several more were injured in the shootings and the house fire.
Tucson police Chief Chris Magnus said on Sunday the incidents began with a call about a house fire near South Campbell Avenue and East Irene Vista at 3:45 p.m.
At the same time, an armed suspect went to the Quincie Douglas Center at Silverlake Park and approached an ambulance that was in the area for a separate call, but staging as a backup for the house fire.
Magnus said the suspect, an unnamed 35-year-old man, opened fire on the EMTs, hitting one in the head and one in the arm and chest.
The 20-year-old EMT who was shot in the head was taken to the hospital in critical condition while the other, a 21-year-old, was stable, according to Magnus.
Magnus said the 21-year-old EMT was able to call for help and describe the suspect and his vehicle, a silver SUV.
Several Tucson Fire Department vehicles arrived at the house fire and began battling the blaze, along with help from neighbors.
The suspect returned to the home and fired at fire crews and neighbors.
One of the neighbors, a 44-year-old, was hit in the head and died. Another neighbor was grazed and is OK.
A fire captain, a 17-year veteran of TFD, was hit in the arm and was in good condition. TFD Chief Chuck Ryan said the captain was released from the hospital Sunday night.
“We are shocked and saddened at this senseless act, and we are praying for our injured partners from AMR Ambulance,” Ryan wrote on Twitter. “Also, I am thankful for the swift actions of our #TucsonPolice to neutralize the threat to the community. More to come, but a dark day for Tucson.”
Magnus said the suspect drove away in the silver SUV and disabled a TPD cruiser by ramming it near the intersection of East 36th Street and South Campbell Avenue.
Magnus said a body was recovered from the home, but it was too burned to determine the age or sex of the victim.
Two or three children that live at the home were unaccounted for until police said Monday morning that they were safe.
“This is a really horrific incident and our hearts go out obviously to those who are concerned about their loved ones with more serious injuries. We just don’t know,” Magnus said.