PHOENIX -- Police have confirmed that three people were shot at a business complex near 16th Street and Glendale Avenue in Phoenix Wednesday morning and a search for the suspect is under way.
Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said there was an altercation prior to the shooting inside the building at about 10:30 a.m. He said police do not believe this was a random shooting.
One person is in extremely critical condition and the injuries to the other two victims are not considered life threatening. There are reports that three additional people suffered other injuries.
Thompson said the suspect is a white male and may have left the scene in a white vehicle.
Police converged on a home near 28th Street and Greenway Road, a little more than seven miles from the shooting scene. This may be where the suspect lives, but police do not believe he is there.
Witnesses told 3TV reporter Kristine Harrington that the shooting occurred in the lobby of the three-story building. Some witnesses reported hearing six or seven shots and others said there may have been as many as 10.
Police evacuated the building and cleared a parking garage.
Police cars, ambulances and fire engines were at the scene. Aerial video showed two women being loaded into ambulances and transported to a hospital.
According to Tammy Rose, who was reporting from the News Chopper over the scene, 16th Street is closed between Glendale and Northern avenues.
Madison Park Elementary School, Madison No. 1 Middle School and the Madison Elementary School District office were put on lockdown. The lockdown at Madison Park has been lifted.
3TV has a crew at the scene and information will be updated as it becomes available.