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A man went on a fatal shooting rampage in Arizona. Image: Charles & Clint/Flickr/CC BY

A 73-year-old man went on a shooting rampage in Yuma, Ariz., Thursday morning. The shooter, Carey Hal Dyess of Yuma, killed five people and wounded one other before fatally turning his gun on himself, according to authorities.

Local lawyer reportedly killed

Although the details remain sparse at this time, it is clear that there were at least two shooting locations. One of the fatalities occurred in the city of Yuma, and four others in Yuma county. One of the victims reportedly is in critical condition and was transported to the Phoenix Hospital. The reports also indicate that one of victims killed was Yuma area attorney Jerrold Shelley.

The names of the other victims have not been released. However, police say that the man killed within the city limits was an adult male. He was inside a local business when Dyess entered the building and shot him.

Dyess involved in civil divorce suits

Dyess was involved in two civil court cases stemming from a divorce, according to court records. A judge issued an order of protection against Dyess in one of the cases in 2006. No information was immediately available as to possible motive.

Police respond to a morning call

Police responded to the first report of gunfire at about 9:30 a.m. At that time, the court house and area schools were locked down as a precautionary measure. Nobody was injured at the courthouse, and subsequently the lockdown was lifted.

Shooter has committed suicide

The Yuma County Sheriff’s department later found Dyess, dead of an apparently self-inflicted gun wound.

County judge issues statement

Yuma County Presiding Judge Andrew Gold issued a statement earlier today through the Arizona Supreme Court. He says that he is shocked and saddened by the attacks, but that he remains “thankful that those within the courthouse are safe.”

Sources

News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/06/02/1690376/police-5-killed-in-shootings-in.html

CBS: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20068375-504083.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CBSNewsCourtWatch+%28CBS+News%3A+Court+Watch%29

WLTX: http://www.wltx.com/news/national/article/138854/142/5-Killed-in-Shootings-in-Yuma-AZ

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