1 dead and 5 wounded in Mesa, Arizona; suspect in custody

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MESA, Ariz. (CNN) — The suspect in the shootings of six people in Mesa, Arizona, is in custody, Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh said Wednesday.

One man died and five other people were wounded Wednesday morning in several locations, a Mesa Police Department spokesman said earlier.

In this story

  • SWAT team used Taser on suspect before taking him into custody, police spokesman says
  • The shootings started after an argument at a motel, authorities say
  • Suspect fled after shooting four people then shot two more at apartment complexes as he tried to get away

The shootings began at a motel across the street from a school, said the spokesman, Detective Esteban Flores.

Three people were shot at the Tri-City Inn, across the street from the East Valley Institute of Technology, Flores said. One of those victims died, he said.

A man who is an EVIT student also was shot, Flores said.

The suspect carjacked a Honda and later shot a man during a home invasion and another man in the apartment complex next door. Both men were expected to live.

As the manhunt was underway, police said the suspect was bald, in his 30s or 40s, with a neck tattoo. He was wearing a black shirt and black shorts, Flores said.

The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted local authorities in the manhunt.

EVIT said on Twitter that parents of those affected have been notified of an “incident on EVIT Main Campus.”

The facility hosts vocational and other classes for high school students from 10 school districts, as well as adult education programs, according to the school’s website.

News of the shootings caught the attention of the state’s senior U.S. senator.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of #Mesa right now #Arizona,” U.S. Sen. John McCain said on Twitter Wednesday.

Mesa is about 20 miles east of Phoenix and is Arizona's third-largest city.

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