3 shot at Phoenix office building

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Jan. 30, 2013 Arizona Republic

Three people suffered gunshot wounds during a shooting at an office complex in north-central Phoenix Wednesday morning, officials said.

Three others were transported to area hospitals; the nature of their injuries was not described.

Around 10:30 a.m., officials reported that three people had been shot in a building in the 7300 block of 16th Street, north of Glendale Avenue, officials said. One is reported to be in extremely critical condition.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department said officers believe one suspect is responsible for the shooting and that the suspect is still on the loose. Thompson said one man walked into the building and shot several people.

He said that police believe the shooting was a targeted act and that an altercation occurred prior to the shooting.

He said it is unclear how many total victims there are and what a motive may have been.

“At this point we don’t believe he is in the area,” Thomspon said. “This doesn’t appear to be a random type of incident.”

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(CNN) -- The body of the man sought for an Arizona shooting was found Thursday, with evidence that he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Police found the body of Arthur Douglas Harmon in Mesa. Authorities say the 70-year-old was the man who shot three people, one of whom died, in an office building in nearby Phoenix on Wednesday.

A 2013 Kia Optima that Harmon was seen fleeing in was found nearby, police said.

Harmon had gone to an office building on Tuesday to discuss "some type of litigation," Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson told CNN affiliate KTVK.

After the meeting, around 10:30 a.m., Harmon shot Steven Singer, 48, who later died at a hospital; a 43-year-old man who was in critical condition, and a 32-year-old woman, Thompson said.

The law firm of Osborn Maledon identified one of its attorneys, Mark Hummels, as one of the victims. He was involved in a client mediation when he was shot, the Phoenix firm said.

"We believe the two men were his targets," Thompson said. The woman, whose injury was not life-threatening, "just happened to be in the way when the shooting occurred."

Former astronaut Mark Kelly referred to the shooting Wednesday as he testified on gun violence during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington.

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, Arizona.

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PHOENIX (AP) — A lawyer wounded by a gunman in a Phoenix office shooting this week has died, the second of three people hit by gunfire in the attack, the publicist for his law firm said Friday.

Mark Hummels, 43, had been on life support at a Phoenix hospital after Wednesday morning's shooting that killed a company's chief executive and left a woman with non-life threatening injuries.

Colleagues of Hummels described him as a smart, competent and decent man who was a rising star in his profession and dedicated to his wife, 9-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son.

The gunman — Arthur Douglas Harmon, 70 — was found dead early Thursday in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Harmon opened fire at the end of a mediation session at a north-central Phoenix office building over a lawsuit he filed last April.

Steve Singer, 48, a father of two and CEO of Scottsdale-based Fusion Contact Centers LLC, died hours after the shooting.

Harmon targeted Singer and Hummels and "it was not a random shooting," police said. A 32-year-old woman not involved in the mediation was caught in the gunfire near the building entrance and suffered a gunshot wound to her left hand.

Fusion had hired Harmon to refurbish office cubicles at two call centers in California.

Hummels worked with the Phoenix law firm Osborn Maledon and focused on business disputes, real estate litigation and malpractice defense. He died Thursday night, publicist Athia Hardt told The Associated Press early Friday.

He was a reporter for the Albuquerque Journal and Santa Fe New Mexican before he left to go to law school in 2001. He graduated first in his class at the University of Arizona's law school.

Hummels was admitted to the Arizona bar in 2005.

"This is a day of just unspeakable sorrow," said 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Andrew Hurwitz, who hired Hummels straight out of law school to serve as a law clerk from 2004 to 2005 while Hurwitz was serving on the Arizona Supreme Court.

According to court documents, Harmon was scheduled to go to a law office in the building where the shooting took place for a settlement conference.

Harmon represented himself in the lawsuit, and Hummels represented Fusion.

Fusion said Harmon was paid nearly $30,000 under the $47,000 contract. But the company asked him to repay much of the money when it discovered the cubicles could not be refurbished, according to the documents.

Harmon argued Fusion hung him out to dry by telling him to remove and store 206 "worthless" work stations after the mix-up was discovered. Harmon said Fusion then told him that the company decided to use a competitor.

Harmon's lawsuit had sought payment for the remainder of the contract, $20,000 in damages and reimbursement for storage fees and legal costs.

The company countersued Harmon, protesting the sale of his home to his son for $26,000 and asking a judge to prevent Harmon from getting rid of other assets. Harmon said the company's claims that the home was fraudulently transferred to his son were unfounded.

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