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Post by raine1953 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:30 pm

Police say shooting does not appear to be random.

PHOENIX — Three people were wounded, one of them critically, in a shooting Wednesday at an office complex in north-central Phoenix, police said.

The remaining two victims do not have life-threatening injuries, said Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department. Three others also were transported to area hospitals but the nature of their injuries was not detailed.

Officers believe one suspect is responsible for the shootings, Thompson said. The shooter is not in custody and his motive is unclear.

People inside the three-story building said the incident is over, the building has been evacuated and officers are sweeping the area.

"At this point we don't believe he is in the area," Thompson said. "This doesn't appear to be a random type of incident." Police think an altercation occurred before the shooting.

At about 10:30 a.m. MST, a white male walked into the building in the 7310 block of 16th Street near Glendale Avenue that houses insurance, medical and law offices and shot several people, Thompson said.

Witnesses who worked in the same three-story complex, which has about 10 to 15 businesses, characterized the office building as usually very quiet.

"I heard the shots and that's it," said Karen Frasier, a receptionist at Stearns Lending in the same complex. "I wouldn't know a gunshot if it jumped up and bit me because I'd never heard one. But some other people heard them and said that's what they were."

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 Home Health Services who, along with her co-workers, locked the entrances to their office.

Becky Neher, who works for a title company in the building, said the two gunshots she heard sounded like two pieces of metal banging against each other.

"Someone yelled, 'We have a shooter,'" she said. She saw two victims lying on the ground outside the back side of the building.

Rob Hayter, who works at Pioneer Title Agency, said he heard five or six shots before calling 911, looked out his office window and saw two bodies lying on the ground.

"It was a little tense. Everybody came and hid in the IT room," Hayter said.

A spokeswoman for the Albuquerque-based owner of the building, Louis Abruzzo of Alvardao Realty, said the shooting happened in the lobby. The 92,000-square-foot, three-story office building is more than 85% leased.

Abruzzo paid $10.2 million in cash for the office building in December 2011.

According to Larry Ruch, who operates out of a law office across the street, 50 police cars, seven to eight fire trucks and K-9 units are at the location. It appeared to him that four people were taken out on stretchers; scores of onlookers took to balconies of nearby buildings to watch the scene unfold.

The shooting was mentioned during congressional hearings about gun violence. Mark Kelly, the former shuttle astronaut and husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., told the Senate panel that there had been "what seems to be a shooting with multiple victims with multiple shots fired."
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Post by raine1953 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:37 pm

Three people were shot and wounded Wednesday, one of them with life-threatening injuries, when a gunman opened fire at a Phoenix office complex, authorities said.

The two other people had less severe injuries, police said, correcting their earlier report that all three had been critically injured.
Two or three other people were taken to hospitals for "stress-related" conditions after the incident at a complex near 16th Street and Glendale Avenue, authorities said.
Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said the gunman was not in custody and that authorities were seeking an "older white male." Police said shell casings at the scene indicated that at least two weapons were used.

A police SWAT unit arrived at a home in a residential neighborhood about five miles away that authorities said was linked to the suspect. Police told NBC station KPNX of Phoenix that the man wasn't at the home and that they were awaiting a search warrant so they could enter the large house.
Thompson said the gunman was believed to have been involved in an altercation in the lobby of the complex that escalated into gunfire.
"The initial indications are that this was not a random act," he said.
Witnesses told KNPX that they heard nine or 10 shots total. A woman who works in the building told the station that she immediately began running down the hallway.
"We didn't know where to hide, because all of our offices are all windows," she said.

The shootings occurred during a Senate hearing on gun violence where former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., made a brief statement urging new gun control measures. Giffords was critically wounded in a mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., in 2011.
Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, broke the news of Wednesday's shooting to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, interrupting his own answer to a question from Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.
"While we were having this hearing, ... in Phoenix, Arizona, there is another what seems to be, possibly, a shooting with multiple victims," he said.
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Post by raine1953 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:25 pm

Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) -- Phoenix police said Wednesday they were searching for a suspect in the shooting of three people in an office building.
One of the victims was in "extremely critical condition," and the other two suffered non-life-threatening injuries, said Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a public information officer with the Phoenix Police Department.
The incident was reported at about 10:30 a.m. (12:30 p.m. ET) near the intersection of 16th Street and Glendale, he said.
"A man described as a white male, possibly older, went into an office, got into some type of an altercation, and he shot three individuals," Thompson said. "He fled the scene, we believe, before we got there."
Thompson said he did not believe the shootings were random. "We believe that this individual was probably known to the victims," he said. "We believe that this individual came to this location, for whatever purpose, got into an argument, which turned into gunfire."
Attorney Mark Hummels was identified by his law firm, Osborn Maledon, as one of the victims. He was involved in a client mediation when he was shot, the Phoenix firm said.
The building houses several medical-related businesses, Public Information Officer James Holmes said. He said witnesses described the suspect as a man in his mid-60s who fled in a white vehicle.
Former astronaut Mark Kelly referred to the shooting during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on gun violence. "There's 50 or so police cars on the scene," he said.
Kelly and his wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, this month launched "Americans for Responsible Solutions," which seeks to raise money to counter the influence of the gun lobby.
Two years ago, Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman in a parking lot in Tucson.
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Post by raine1953 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:26 pm

Don't quote me but I saw two twitter updates saying that one person has died. I went to validate what I saw and I lost it. I'm sure it will appear on the news soon if this is true and I so hope it's not!
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PHOENIX — One of three people shot Wednesday morning at a north-central Phoenix office building is dead, officials said, and police continue to search for the gunman.

About 7 miles away, Phoenix police have surrounded a home that may be linked to the suspect, Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos said. Officers have begun communicating through loudspeakers with anyone inside.

Mark Hummels, a partner with Osborn Maledon and president of the Phoenix chapter of the Federal Bar Association, had surgery Wednesday afternoon and is among the survivors, according to an e-mail from Andrea Marconi, a lawyer with Fennemore Craig and president-elect of the Federal Bar Association.

"The latest information I have is that Mark has a strong pulse after surgery and the doctors are optimistic about his recovery, so this is encouraging news," she wrote in the e-mail to members of the Phoenix legal community and obtained by The Arizona Republic.

The lawyer in his 30s was shot in his neck and lower back, said Phoenix lawyer Colin Campbell, who also is a friend.

A third shooting victim has less severe injuries and is expected to survive, said Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department. Three others also were transported to area hospitals, but the nature of their injuries was not detailed.

Officials have not released the name of the suspect, a white male who is still at large, and say his motive is unclear.

"This doesn't appear to be a random type of incident," Thompson said. At about 10:30 a.m. MST, the gunman arrived at the office building and got into a dispute that escalated to the point where he drew a gun.

The shooting took place on the same day that Congress convened hearings in Washington on legislation to address gun violence. Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who was severely wounded along with 18 others two years ago outside a supermarket in suburban Tucson, Ariz., was among those testifying. Six died in that shooting.

A few hours after Wednesday's incident, a SWAT team surrounded a house 7 miles from the shooting scene that police say is connected to the shooting. Officers were talking to someone at the house who was not the suspect, Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos said.

Witnesses who worked in the three-story office complex in the 7310 block of 16th Street where the shooting occurred characterized the office building as usually very quiet.

"I heard the shots and that's it," said Karen Frasier, a receptionist at Stearns Lending in the same complex. "I wouldn't know a gunshot if it jumped up and bit me because I'd never heard one. But some other people heard them and said that's what they were."

The gunfire prompted terrified workers throughout the complex that houses 10 to 15 businesses including insurance, health care and law offices, to lock their doors and hide far from windows. SWAT team officers searched the building.

"Everyone was just scared, honestly, just scared," said Navika Sood, assistant director of nursing at First at Home Health Services who, along with her co-workers, locked the entrances to their office.

Becky Neher, who works for a title company in the building, said the two gunshots she heard sounded like two pieces of metal banging against each other.

"Someone yelled, 'We have a shooter,'" she said. She saw two victims lying on the ground outside the back side of the building.

Rob Hayter, who works at Pioneer Title Agency, said he heard five or six shots before calling 911, looked out his office window and saw two bodies lying on the ground.

"It was a little tense. Everybody came and hid in the IT room," Hayter said.

A spokeswoman for the Albuquerque-based owner of the building, Louis Abruzzo of Alvardao Realty, said the shooting happened in the lobby. The 92,000-square-foot, three-story office building is more than 85% leased.

Abruzzo paid $10.2 million in cash for the office building in December 2011.

According to Larry Ruch, who operates out of a law office across the street, 50 police cars, seven to eight fire trucks and K-9 units converged at the location. It appeared to him that four people were taken out on stretchers; scores of onlookers took to balconies of nearby buildings to watch the scene unfold.

The area, just north of the Arizona Canal is dotted by small office complexes on both sides of the six-lane street.

In Washington, former astronaut Mark Kelly, Giffords' husband, told the Senate panel about the Wednesday shooting during his time at the microphone: "There is another what seems to be possibly a shooting with multiple victims ... with multiple shots fired."
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Post by Wrapitup on Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:58 pm

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Police surrounded the home of a suspected gunman Wednesday after he opened fire at an office building in Arizona's largest city and shot three people, injuring two and killing one.

Fox10 reports that the suspect's name is Arthur Harmon, 70, and he was last seen driving away from the scene in a white Kia Optima. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Police described the suspect as "armed and dangerous."
Harmon's wife is reportedly cooperating with the investigation.
Authorities believe there was only one shooter and don't think it was a random act.

A Phoenix law firm, Osborn Maledon, said one of its lawyers, Mark Hummels, was among the wounded. The firm said he "was representing a client in a mediation" when he was shot.

Special weapons and tactics teams and two armored vehicles surrounded a Phoenix home about 7 miles from Wednesday morning's shooting scene.

A police officer on a megaphone said: "We don't want to get hurt and we don't want to hurt you. Don't make it any worse than it is right now."

America's latest public shooting came on the same day Congress took up the issue of gun control for the first time since the Connecticut school shooting in December left 20 young children dead and changed the national conversation on guns.

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who was shot in the head during a 2011 shooting rampage in Tucson that left 6 people dead appeared in Washington to testify in favor of stricter gun controls.

Police didn't immediately release the name of the possible suspect or a motive for the shooting, which left two other victims with non-life threatening injuries.

They also wouldn't identify the three people wounded.

The gunfire prompted terrified workers throughout the complex to lock the doors to their offices and hide far from the windows. Elite police officers searched the building.

"Everyone was just scared, honestly, just scared," said Navika Sood, assistant director of nursing at First at Home Health Services who along with her co-workers locked the entrances to their office.

Sood said police evacuated the office about 30 minutes after she first heard the popping noises.

At about 10:30 a.m. local time, the gunman arrived at the office building and got into a dispute with someone, a conflict that escalated to the point where he drew a gun and shot three people, Thompson said.

Vannessa Brogan, who works in sales support at an insurance business in the three-story complex, said she heard a loud bang that she thought at first was from somebody working in or near the building.

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.

Becky Neher, who works for a title company in the building, said the two gunshots she heard sounded like two pieces of metal banging against each other.

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.

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Post by Wrapitup on Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:00 pm

January 30, 2013 6:17 PM

Arizona Office Shooting Update: Suspect, William Arthur Harmon III, sought by Phoenix police

(CBS) PHOENIX - The Department of Public Safety has confirmed that authorities are looking for William Arthur Harmon III in connection to a shooting at a Phoenix office building Wednesday, CBS affiliate KPHO reports.

The Department of Public Safety said they have broadcast an "attempt to locate" for the 70-year-old Harmon on behalf of the Phoenix Police Department, the station reports.

Police believe Harmon walked into an office building about 10:30a.m. Wednesday and shot at least three people before leaving the scene. Police said one person is in critical condition and two other victims had less severe injuries, KPHO reports.

Police said they do not believe this was a random attack. They said the suspect had issues with his mortgage.

According to KPHO, police interviewed Harmon's adult son. Police said the suspect is married and they are trying to locate his wife.

Harmon is described as a 6' tall, white male who is about 220 pounds and was last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jeans.

He is driving a white 2013 Kia with the license plate AVS-2052.

The Department of Public Safety said he's possibly carrying two weapons, one of them a stainless steel handgun, according to KPHO.

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Post by Wrapitup on Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:02 pm

January 30, 2013
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PHOENIX — Police are searching for a 70-year-old man suspected in a Phoenix office shooting that left one dead and two wounded, saying that he is "armed and dangerous."

Police identified the suspect as Arthur D. Harmon. They identified a man who died hours after the Wednesday morning shooting as 48-year-old Steve Singer. He's the CEO of Fusion Contract Centers Inc.

Police say a 43-year-old man was listed in critical condition along with a 32-year-old woman.

Police didn't release the names of the wounded, but a Phoenix law firm, Osborn Maledon, said one of its lawyers, Mark Hummels, was among the wounded.

The firm said he "was representing a client in a mediation" when he was shot.

As police searched for the shooter, SWAT teams and two armored vehicles surrounded his house about 7 miles from the shooting scene. Police served a search warrant to enter the home.

For a time, officers, believing the shooter was inside, used a megaphone to ask him to surrender.

The gunfire at the office complex prompted terrified workers 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 Home Health Services who along with her co-workers locked the entrances to their office.

Sood said police evacuated the office about 30 minutes after she first heard the popping noises.

The shooting took place on the same day that hearings on legislation to address gun violence were convened in Washington, with former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords testifying for stricter gun controls.

A gunman shot Giffords in the head during a shooting rampage in Tucson in January 2011.

Around 10:30 a.m., the gunman arrived at the office building and got into a dispute with someone, a conflict that escalated to the point where he drew a gun and shot three people, Thompson said.

Vannessa Brogan, who works in sales support at an insurance business in the three-story complex, said she heard a loud bang that she thought at first was from somebody working in or near the building.

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.

Becky Neher, who works for a title company in the building, said the two gunshots she heard sounded like two pieces of metal banging against each other.

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.

Don Jaksa, a software consultant who works in the building, said he was listening to the radio when he suddenly heard "two pops." He said he didn't think they were gunshots.

"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 Lindsa Rincon said.

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Jan 30, 2013 9:05 PM EST

After a deadly office shooting spree in Arizona today, police are searching for a 70-year-old ‘person of interest.’ Plus, new details on how a bitter ‘scam’ lawsuit may have played a part in the scuffle.

As former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was testifying on Capitol Hill Wednesday about the urgent need for gun control, a man in her home state was killed in an office shooting spree.

Steven D. Singer, 48, was the CEO of Fusion Contact Centers, a Scottsdale company that provides its clients with technical support, billing, and other services. Singer, whose company is involved in litigation with a man police have identified as a “person of interest” in the shooting, had been attending a mediation session at a law firm within a Phoenix office compex.

Back in Washington, Giffords’s husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, interrupted his own testimony to break the news about the Phoenix shooting. “While we are having this hearing,” a seemingly incredulous Kelly told senators, “there is another, what seems to be possibly a shooting with multiple victims.”

Meanwhile, just a few miles west of the shooting, Arizona lawmakers prepared for the first committee hearing on a proposed bill that would bar enforcement of any new federal laws restricting semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines.

“These things are getting out of control,” Phoenix Police Department officer James Holmes, a spokesman for the department, said. As Holmes points out, these types of shootings have been happening around the country “for years and years and years,” but recent national events have now brought them to the forefront. “We are all concerned, and because we are all concerned, anything that happens outside of a drug deal gone bad will be of national interest until we figure out what to do. The country is still crying over Sandy Hook.”

Around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, police reported that three people had been shot in the Phoenix complex, a three-story structure home to about 10 to 15 businesses. The alleged shooter, identified as 70-year-old Arthur Douglas Harmon, had apparently gotten into an altercation in the lobby with Singer and employees of the law firm of Osborn Maledon.

When police arrived, according to Holmes, the scene was chaotic. Officers had to evacuate over 100 people and to the wounded, all while trying to locate a suspect.

Singer was transported to a hospital in extremely critical condition and later died. Two other gunshot victims, one a female, suffered non-life threatening injuries. Another two received treatment related to stress.

Holmes said the shooter, who at the time was identified as a white male in his 60s, somehow escaped the police dragnet and drove off in a white car. “We have every available officer in the city working on this,” said Holmes. “We have hundreds of officers on it.”

One of the surviving victims, Mark Hummel, 43, was reportedly shot in the head and the neck after walking out of the mediation. Hummel, a former government reporter with a Santa Fe, New Mexico, newspaper, specializes in business disputes, real-estate litigation, and legal malpractice defense, and is president of the Phoenix chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Police have not revealed a motive in the case. But according to a lawsuit filed in Maricopa County, Hummel represented Fusion Contact Centers in its 2012 litigation with Harmon, a furniture refurbisher. The lawsuit centered around Harmon’s claim that he was a “victim of a scam” that “hurt and injured his health and strength” and caused “severe shock to his nervous system and person” resulting in ongoing “mental and physical nervous pain and suffering.”

In court papers, Fusion claimed it contracted with Harmon early last year to dismantle, refurbish, and reinstall furniture in a California call center. Fusion paid Harmon over $29,000 in advance, but when Harmon inspected the furniture he claimed it could not be refurbished. Fusion cancelled the deal, but by that time Harmon had moved the furniture to Arizona and was paying storage on what he called “two hundred and six worthless work stations.”

Fusion told Harmon to sell the furniture. Harmon said it wasn’t worth anything. Then Harmon sued Fusion for lost wages, damages, and storage fees. Fusion countersued for breach of contract and damages, claiming Harmon destroyed internal cables in the call center when he dismantled the furniture.

The case was sent to arbitration, and a hearing was scheduled for Jan. 30 at 9:30 a.m., the same day as the shooting.

Shortly after the shooting, Phoenix police detectives and SWAT officers descended on Harmon’s home, which sits in a quiet middle-class neighborhood in north Phoenix, but he wasn’t home. (Attempts to call the home also went unanswered.)

Sara Hawkins, who lives about half a block away from the house, says that Harmon appeared to be an amiable guy who liked to sit on his front porch and wave at neighbors. He was meticulous about his house, manicuring the lawn in front and desert landscaping on the side, she said.

However, she said, he had recently attempted some sort of remodeling but never completed it. The unfinished construction is covered by what appears to be a tarp, she said.

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Posted: 01/30/2013
Last Updated: 2 hours and 7 minutes ago
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PHOENIX - Police have identified a man who was shot and killed Wednesday in an attack at a Phoenix office complex.
Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said 48-year-old Steve Singer was one of three people shot by suspect Arthur Douglas Harmon.
A second victim remains in critical condition and a third suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Phoenix police are continuing to search for 70-year-old Arthur Harmon who fled the scene near 16th Street and Glendale Avenue after opening fire around 10:45 a.m. in the lobby of the law firm DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C.
Thompson said Harmon also shot at a vehicle on 16th Street after the shooting, when he learned he was being followed by a Good Samaritan. He remains on the loose as of Thursday morning.
Harmon fled in a white 2013 Kia Optima with Arizona license plate AVS-2052.
Local law firm Osborn Maledon also identified one of the people shot as 43-year-old Mark Hummels. He is believed to be in critical condition following surgery.
Hummels was reportedly representing Singer in mediation at the time of the shooting.
The third victim, 32-year-old Nichole Hampton was shot in the hand and is expected to make a full recovery, according to police.

Thompson said Harmon went into the law office for mediation and apparently got into an altercation with Singer and Hummels.
Harmon then shot the victims and left the building, Thompson said.
Two other people police initially identified as "hurt" received treatment related to stress.
Phoenix police were later seen trying to locate Harmon at his home near 28th Street and Acoma Drive.
Police obtained a search warrant and moved in around 4 p.m. Two people were at the home but the suspect was not inside.
Officers were also called out to a Phoenix building near Central Avenue and Thomas Road around 1:15 p.m. after reports that a car at the location may be related to the shooting. It appears nothing was recovered at that location.
At the scene of the shooting, multiple police vehicles and fire trucks were parked in front of the office complex for several hours Wednesday.
Police officers and a police dog were seen sifting through the office building's parking lot, as tactical teams swept the building.
Anyone who knows anything about this shooting or the suspect is urged to contact Phoenix police at 602-262-6151.

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Post by raine1953 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:49 pm

MESA, Ariz. — Police here found the body of a man Thursday morning who might be the suspect in a shooting Wednesday that killed one person and wounded two others at a Phoenix office complex.

The man died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos said. The suspected shooter's vehicle, a rented Kia Optima, also was found in the area.

Police were alerted to the scene after a citizen found the body, Mesa Police Sgt. Tony Landato said.

The suspect, 70-year-old Arthur Douglas Harmon, last was seen fleeing the area of the shooting in north-central Phoenix shortly after the incident took place about 10:30 a.m. MST Wednesday. Harmon fired at least one shot at a witness who gave chase from the office building where the shooting took place, causing the witness to back away.

Harmon had not been seen since.

Phoenix Police believe Harmon targeted two men and shot another bystander following a pre-litigation meeting at the broad multi-story building.

Wednesday's shooting victims were identified as:

Steven D. Singer, 48, chief executive officer at a call center and defendant in a lawsuit Harmon filed over furniture that Harmon's company, Reback Design, had refurbished. Singer, a husband and father of two, died from his injuries.
Mark Hummels, 43, a lawyer who represented Singer and serves as Phoenix chapter president of the Federal Bar Association, suffered serious neck and back wounds. He had surgery, and association colleague Andrea Marconi reported that doctors are optimistic about his recovery.
Nichole Hampton, 32, of Waddell, Ariz., who had gone outside to take pictures and was caught in gunfire near the building entrance. She is hospitalized with a wound to her hand.
Police said a shot was fired at a fourth victim who pursued the shooter from the scene, but the person was uninjured. Two other people also were taken from the scene to a hospital with unspecified medical issues related to the shooting.

Law enforcement throughout area responded Wednesday night and into Thursday morning to suspected sightings of Harmon, including one incident where a grocery-store employee reported seeing a vehicle matching Harmon's going through the parking lot at a high rate of speed.

Wednesday's shooting occurred in the lobby of a broad, three-story building in the 7310 block of North 16th Street, just north of the Arizona Canal near Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort.

The complex houses about a dozen companies doing business in real estate, insurance, medical care and other commerce. As shots rang through the courtyard, terrified workers reported locking doors and hiding until police swarmed the area.

"I looked out the window, in the back, and there were two bodies laying on the ground," said Rob Hayter, who works for a title company in the complex. Hayter said he heard five or six shots and saw a handful of bullet casings on the ground near the victims.

The shooting occurred as Congress was conducting hearings in Washington on laws proposed to address firearm violence — particularly mass killings. Among those advocating stricter gun laws was former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., wounded two years ago in a mass shooting near Tucson, Ariz., that left six dead and 13 others injured.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department said the shooter targeted the two men.

According to Thompson and other sources, Harmon, Hummels and Singer had attended a mediation proceeding Wednesday morning at the law offices of DeConcini, McDonald, Yetwin & Lacy. Lisa Anne Davis, managing partner, said one of the firm's lawyers presided over the session as a court-appointed judge pro tem.

Mark Harrison, who works with Hummels at the firm of Osborn Maledon, said he was told the session was interrupted when Harmon announced he needed to go outside to his car.

When Harmon failed to return after a prolonged wait, Hummels, Singer and others assumed he was not coming back. They headed downstairs, and as they were leaving they were shot.

Photographs show shattered glass sprayed across the building's courtyard.

Hampton, who was shot in the hand, is director of human resources at MD Home Health LLC, another business in the complex. In a phone interview from the hospital, Carol Hampton said her daughter got caught in the shooting frenzy.

"She was at the wrong place at the wrong time," Carol Hampton said.

Carol Hampton said Nichole Hampton was outside the building taking pictures for business purposes.

"She started walking to the lobby, and she saw four men come running out, saying, 'He's got a gun.' "

At that instant, Carol Hampton said, her daughter heard a shot and saw a window shatter. Nichole Hampton, initially unaware that she had been wounded, ran into the nearby office of a business known as Time to Rent.

Carol Hampton said an employee locked the door behind her.

"He was very nice," she said. "He took off his shirt and wrapped her hand up."

Carol Hampton said her daughter and others looked out a window to see the shooter's white vehicle screech out of the parking lot with its trunk open.

Carol Hampton said her daughter, who is married with two young children, was struck in the wrist, and two bones were broken.

"She has two metal plates and pins in her hand. She's pretty shook up," Carol Hampton said. "But someone died in this, so we feel very lucky."

Police flooded the area, evacuating nearby offices and searching for a shooter while rescue crews tended to the wounded. Employees looked on, talking quietly among themselves, some crying.

According to court records, Singer had hired Harmon's firm almost a year ago to refurbish and move office furniture at the Santa Maria, Calif., offices of his call center, Fusion Contact Center LLC.

The contract was for $47,000, but a dispute erupted because not all of the work could be completed. The parties traded lengthy emails. In April, after receiving $30,000, court records say, Harmon filed suit.

As the legal case dragged on, court records say Harmon engaged in financial transactions with a son, Stefan Harmon. Legal filings allege that Arthur Harmon sold his home, valued at $100,000, to the son for $26,000, then borrowed $180,000 from another party using the home he no longer owned as collateral. The filings say that money was then loaned to Stefan Harmon.

Fusion countersued, alleging that Arthur Harmon, who had no legal counsel, was overpaid and fraudulently transferred property in connection with the litigation. The company sought a payment of $20,184 from Harmon to end the case. Harmon testified his savings totaled $17.

Mediation proceedings were set up to address continuing issues in the case.

After Wednesday's shooting, police went to the Harmon residence about 7 miles north. Martos of Phoenix Police said a son refused to allow officers to enter until they obtained a search warrant. Once they did enter, they found no one there.

Police found an item that Harmon discarded, apparently after the shooting not far from his house. Police would not confirm whether the item was a cellphone.

Court records indicate Harmon and his wife, Ivett Huska, have had financial problems previously. In 2005, faced with debts totaling $219,000, they sought bankruptcy protection. Lothar Goernitz, a trustee who became involved, said it was "a fairly mundane case."

Friends and business associates described Singer, who died, as a family man, mentor and innovator.

His company has offices in Scottsdale, Ariz., with sites in California and Nevada. No one answered the phone Wednesday afternoon at the Scottsdale location.

Singer spent most of his career in call-center management. Clients and co-workers who posted notes on Linkedin.com, a professional-networking website, praised him as a "thoughtful leader, adviser and mentor" and "top expert" in the field.

Jennifer Manning, a family friend, said Singer was a terrific father to two teenage sons and had an idyllic relationship with his wife, Lisa.

"It was like a love story," she said, sobbing. "They loved each other so much. ... It just hit so hard. There's shooting every day, and you don't expect it to be someone you know. He was such a wonderful man. He really, truthfully was."

Hummels also is married with two children.

He graduated first in his law class at the University of Arizona, clerked under Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Hurwitz and earned the highest score on the July 2004 state Bar exam.

A former newspaper reporter, Hummels specializes in business disputes, real-estate litigation and legal malpractice.

"He's got a pretty phenomenal resume and a personality to match," said Larry Hammond, a partner at Osborn Maledon, Hummels' firm. "He's just one of the most incredible people."
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Post by raine1953 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:44 pm

Body of suspected shooter found Thursday morning.
MESA, Ariz. — Wednesday's shooting in an office complex in north-central Phoenix is likely to claim a second life, and police say a body found Thursday morning in a shopping center here is probably the gunman.

Shooting victim Mark Hummels, a partner at Phoenix law firm Osborn Maledon, "will not survive from the shooting," according to a statement from the firm. Hummels was shot in the neck and back.

The man whose body was found Thursday died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos said. The suspected shooter's vehicle, a rented Kia Optima, also was found in the area.

"We believe that we possibly found Mr. Harmon," Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said at a Thursday morning news conference. Detectives are in the process of contacting the family of suspect Arthur Douglas Harmon, 70, who has not been seen since fleeing the north-central Phoenix office complex where he is accused of shooting two men and another bystander following a pre-litigation meeting.

Positive identification of the body still needs to be made, Thompson said.

A landscaper at the shopping center found the body in some bushes before 8 a.m. MST, Mesa Police Sgt. Tony Landato said. A handgun also was discovered there. Police continue to investigate.

Thompson said a possible motive for the shooting was that the meeting Harmon attended Wednesday morning "didn't go in favor of Mr. Harmon."
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Post by raine1953 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:38 pm

MESA, Ariz. — Wednesday's shooting in an office complex in north-central Phoenix will claim a second life, and police say a body found Thursday morning in a shopping center here is the suspect.

Shooting victim Mark Hummels, a partner at Phoenix law firm Osborn Maledon, "will not survive from the shooting," according to a statement from the firm. Hummels was shot in the neck and back.

Arthur Douglas Harmon, 70, whose body was found Thursday, appears to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos said. Harmon's vehicle, a rented Kia Optima, also was found in the area.

"The body discovered in Mesa this morning has been identified as Arthur Douglas Harmon, the suspect in yesterday's shooting," Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said Thursday in a news release. Harmon had not been seen since fleeing the north-central Phoenix office complex where he was accused of shooting two men and another bystander following a pre-litigation meeting.

A landscaper at the shopping center found the body in some bushes before 8 a.m. MST, Mesa Police Sgt. Tony Landato said. A handgun also was discovered there.

Thompson said a possible motive for the shooting was that the meeting Harmon attended Wednesday morning "didn't go in favor of Mr. Harmon."
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Post by Wrapitup on Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:11 pm

How sad another person is going to die because of this madman. cryingagain

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Post by raine1953 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:27 am

(CBS) PHOENIX - Mark Hummels, one of the victims of the Phoenix office building shooting Wednesday, died Thursday night, CBS affiliate KPHO reports. Hummels was one of three people shot by alleged gunman Arthur Harmon.

Police say the office shooting was not a random attack. The 70-year-old Harmon was in the middle of a civil dispute stemming from some work he was hired to do for a Scottsdale company called Fusion Contact Centers LLC. Two of the victims in the shooting were Fusion CEO Steve Singer, 48, and his attorney Mark Hummels, 43.

Singer died at the hospital shortly after the shooting and Hummels was declared brain dead and taken off life support Thursday night. Nichole Hampton, a 32-year-old woman, was also wounded in the attack.

Harmon was found dead in a Mesa, Ariz. parking lot on Thursday morning. Police believe he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Harmon is described as angry, a bully, and a nut job by people who knew him, KPHO reports.

The station obtained angry letters Harmon had sent to Hummels last year.

"Hummels, you're nothing but a sleazy lowlife attorney trying to save your stinking skin," Harmon wrote.

"...I am going after you with every fiber in my being and I won't rest until I see you behind bars for conspiracy to defraud," Harmon wrote.

Valley attorney David Panzarella said he saw firsthand how erratic and abusive Harmon could be, KPHO reports.

"Having phone calls and dealing with him, you knew from the beginning he was different, Panzarella said.

Several years ago, Panzarella represented a client in a lawsuit involving Harmon, who was representing himself.

Panzarella said that he remembers Harmon acting paranoid with obvious anger issues, whose main objective seemed to be dragging out the legal process, the station reports.

"It was sobering to recognize that a guy like that, who files so many lawsuits and feels like he is put upon, was eventually going to snap somewhere," Panzarella said. "The fact he could have snapped at our office is frightening to think about."

According to KPHO, Harmon was connected to at least five civil lawsuits since 1994. In each case, he represented himself.
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Post by Wrapitup on Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:31 pm

That is so sad!!

OMG, this has been one horrible week for nutjobs taking others innocent lives!! It is happening more and more. Horrible!!

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