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Authorities: Suicide connected to Phoenix office shooting

12:28 PM, Jan 31, 2013   |    comments
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( -- Mesa Police on Thursday morning found the body of a man who might be Arthur Douglas Harmon, the suspect in the killing of one person and the wounding of two others at a Phoenix office complex on Wednesday.

The man died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. The body was found near the Bass Pro Shop at Riverview in Mesa, near the Loop 202 and Dobson Road, Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos said.

The suspected shooter's vehicle, a rented Kia Optima, also was found in the area, Martos said.

Police were alerted to the scene after a citizen found the body, Mesa Police Sgt. Tony Landato said.

Harmon was last seen fleeing the area of the shooting, near 16th Street and Glendale Road, shortly after the incident took place, about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Harmon fired at least one shot at a witness who gave chase from the office building where the shooting took place, causing the witness to back away. Harmon has not been seen since.

Phoenix Police believe Harmon targeted two men and shot another bystander following a pre-litigation meeting at the broad multi-story building in north-central Phoenix. Steve Singer, the 48-year-old chief-executive officer at a call center and defendant in a lawsuit filed by Harmon, was killed. Mark Hummels, a 43-year-old attorney representing Singer, suffered serious wounds to his neck and back but physicians are optimistic about his recovery, according to a colleague. Nicole Hampton, 32, was caught in gunfire near the building entrance and suffered a wound to her hand.

Law enforcement throughout the Valley responded to suspected sightings of Harmon Wednesday night and into the early morning Thursday, including one incident where a grocery-store employee in East Mesa reported seeing a vehicle matching Harmon's going through the parking lot at a high rate of speed. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office handled the call, in an unincorporated area of the county near Broadway Road and Loop 202, but the incident produced no viable information.

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