Company CEO dies in US office shooting, suspect on the loose
APPHOENIX -- A gunman opened fire at office complex in Arizona's largest city Wednesday, killing the CEO of a company, wounding two other people and setting off a manhunt. Police warned the public that the suspect was “armed and dangerous.”
February 1, 2013, 2:28 pm TWN
Authorities identified the suspect as Arthur D. Harmon, who they said opened fire at the end of a mediation session. Authorities believe Harmon acted alone and fled the scene in a car after the 10:30 a.m. shooting. Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a Phoenix police spokesman.
Harmon allegedly shot at someone who tried to follow him after the shooting in an attempt to get his license plate number, according to authorities.
Authorities identified a man who died hours after the shooting as 48-year-old Steve Singer. Police believe he was the target of the attack, along with a 43-year-old man who was wounded, Thompson said.
“It was not a random shooting,” Thompson said.
According to court documents, Harmon had filed a lawsuit against Scottsdale-based Fusion Contact Centers LLC, where Singer was the CEO.
The wounded man was listed in critical condition. A 32-year-old woman suffered non-life threatening injuries.
As police searched for the suspect in Wednesday's shooting, SWAT teams and two armored vehicles surrounded a home about seven miles (11 kilometers) from the shooting scene. Police served a search warrant to enter the home, which county property records show was sold by Harmon to his son last year for US$26,000.