Shooting erupted outside a courthouse in eastern Arizona following a custody hearing, leaving two women dead, another person wounded, and a suspect arrested, officials said.
The gunfire came during a dispute stemming from the hearing at Navajo County Superior Court, county government spokesman Adam Wolfe said.
County sheriff’s deputies and local law officers responded to the courthouse in Holbrook late Tuesday afternoon and found the two women, both of whom died from their wounds.
Wolfe said the third victim suffered a leg wound, but no further details on that individual or the injury were immediately available.
“This was an unfortunate situation, but our top objective was to protect the employees and citizens inside the building,” Navajo County Sheriff KC Clark said in a news release.
Officials said no employees were hurt.
Investigators did not provide further details about the hearing or the dispute.
“We don’t know the specifics of it,” Wolfe said. “It appears to be a personal motive. This is not a mass shooting attempt.”
The names of the victims and the suspect were not released.
The shooting happened near the end of the work day when the suspect met the two victims outside near the entrance of the courthouse. The gunfire prompted officials to lock the building down.
The suspect was apprehended uninjured on the south side of the complex and the lockdown was ended.
Members of the Navajo County homicide task force were at the courthouse late Tuesday combing over the crime scene.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
David Barron says
Pissoff people beyond their breaking points and this is what happens.
King Kong vs. Godzilla says
Yea…, and didn’t say who is the shooter…?, and Who are they Protecting…? Illegal Immigrant….??? Are there Mexican involved….? What are they (Public) Hiding…? That kind of report is Hiding something…, and not only that they are buy-time to make-up the story to protect something… Yea…, they are protecting the Truth and make Lies about something…. Now that is Piss me OFF too….!! “Hide the Truth…, and Tell the LIES…!!!”
King Kong vs. Godzilla says
In my Opinion the only thing can make a different is to Build “MEXICO-U.S. Border WALL” and see the attitude of People feeling and have some kind of secure…otherwise, No Wall…., No Country….(NO SECURE….!) That the FACT! MEXICAN and MUSLIM are FULL OF CRIMINAL PEOPLE as for the Record…. (Mark my Words). I am always RIGHT!
The details in this story are a joke! Nobody knows who did it and why and who got shot!
All we know here is a sheriffs name, courthouse and Navajo Indians were involved. Why not wait until you can tell us something before your jr high school report!
The article states “Navajo County,” not Navajo Indians