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In a shooting spree that resulted in two fatalities and numerous injuries, including two police officers, last month in Arizona, authorities revealed security footage on Friday that showed a shooter in tactical gear firing hundreds of rounds in a motel parking lot.
According to Phoenix Police Sgt. Vincent Cole in an audio statement, investigators looking into the aftermath of the Aug. 28 incident north of downtown Phoenix discovered 200 wasted rifle casings, five magazine cartridges, unused flash bangs, and a Molotov cocktail.
According to Cole, when police arrived on the site they discovered the gunman had committed suicide.
At about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night August 28th, 2022, The Phoenix Police Department began receiving reports of shots fired in the area of 27th Avenue and Deer Valley Road. Callers described a man shooting near a local motel and restaurant near the I-17 corridor.
Video from inside the motel shows the suspect leaving his room wearing tactical gear, including a helmet, a ballistic vest, a gas mask and knee pads. The man was also armed with a rifle and holding a Molotov cocktail. Soon after walking outside, the suspect began walking around firing his rifle at buildings and vehicles.
Less than 30 seconds later as the suspect is walking through the parking lot, a white car pulls in. The suspect approaches the car and begins shooting at it, striking and killing an adult male and adult female. Three other people inside the car then exited the vehicle and took off running.
During this incident, the suspect encountered several community members, that he pointed a gun at, but did not shoot. Some of the bullets from the suspect’s gun struck several innocent bystanders, and pierced cars and buildings across the street. As police neared the scene the dispatcher tells officers the suspect is actively shooting, and those officers were immediately met with gunfire when they arrived. Two officers were injured. One was able to return fire but did not hit the suspect.
The injured officer was loaded into the back of a police patrol Tahoe and driven to a local hospital. The gunfire from the suspect eventually stopped, giving officers an opportunity to approach. When those officers did proceed to the suspect, they found him dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The officer who returned fire in this incident has been on the department approximately 4 years and is assigned to the Cactus Park Precinct. The suspect in this case has been identified as Isaiah Williams, a 24 year old male.
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