1 killed, dozen injured in US drive-by shooting spree

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jun 18 2021 11:29 AM

1 killed, dozen injured in US drive-by shooting spree 1
Courtesy of Peoria Police Department Twitter page

LOS ANGELES - One person was killed and a dozen injured in a drive-by shooting spree Thursday as a gunman roamed the streets in the southwestern US state of Arizona, police said.

Over the course of one-and-a-half hours, a suspect opened fire in at least 8 sites around communities outside Phoenix, apparently at random, before he was taken into custody at a traffic stop.

As well as the fatality, 3 other people were shot while another 9 suffered minor injuries including from broken glass. None of the injuries were thought to be life-threatening.

"We don't know what the motive was, we don't have an idea of what this person was thinking when he went out and did this," said Peoria police spokesman Brandon Sheffert.

"Obviously, we want to figure that out because there's a lot of scared people," he told a press conference held indoors due to sweltering heat wave temperatures of up to 118F (48C) in Phoenix.

The suspect was stopped after firefighters spotted a vehicle matching the description of multiple reports, and he did not resist arrest. One weapon was recovered from the vehicle.

The incident follows recent mass shootings in the nearby states of California, where a rail yard employee killed 9 people last month, and Colorado, where 10 died at a grocery store in March.

There were more than 43,000 gun-related deaths in the United States last year, including suicides, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

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