This image provided by the Phoenix Police Department shows an undated image of Arthur Douglas Harmon, 70 who authorities identified as the suspect, who they said opened fire at the end of a mediation session at a Phoenix office complex Wednesday Jan. 30, 2013.
Police are hunting for an "armed and dangerous" 70-year-old man
suspected in a Phoenix office complex shooting that left one person deadand two wounded.
Arthur Douglas Harmon allegedly opened
fire at the end of a mediation session Wednesday morning at a
three-story office complex in north-central Phoenix, police said.
man, identified by police as 48-year-old Steve Singer, died hours after
the shooting. They said a 43-year-old man was listed in critical
condition and a 32-year-old woman suffered non-life threatening
"We believe the two men were the targets. It was not a random shooting," said Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a Phoenix police spokesman.
said the gunman arrived at the office building about 10:30 a.m. and got
into a dispute with someone, a conflict that escalated to the point
where the suspect drew a gun and shot three people.
believe Harmon acted alone and fled the scene in a car. Police said he
had at least one gun and was considered "armed and dangerous."
also allegedly shot at someone who tried to follow him after the
shooting in an attempt to get his license plate number, according to
Police didn't immediately release the names
of the wounded. But a Phoenix law firm, Osborn Maledon, said one of its
lawyers, Mark Hummels, was among the wounded. The firm said Hummels "was
representing a client in a mediation" when he was shot.
to court documents, Harmon was scheduled to go to a law office in the
same building where the shooting took place for a settlement conference
in a lawsuit he filed last April against Scottsdale-based Fusion Contact
Centers LLC, where Singer was the CEO.
The company had hired him to refurbish office cubicles at two call centers in California, but a contract dispute arose.
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 that
the cubicles could not be refurbished, according to the documents.
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.
lawsuit had sought payment for the remainder of the contract, $20,000
in damages and reimbursement for storage fees and legal costs.
Hummels was representing Fusion in the lawsuit.
Fusion countersued, saying Harmon was paid for work he didn't do, reports CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO.
tempore Judge Ira Schwartz, who scheduled the meeting, didn't
immediately return an email seeking comment. A message left Wednesday at
the home of Singer also wasn't returned.
searched for the shooter, SWAT teams and two armored vehicles surrounded
a home about 7 miles north of the shooting scene. Police served a
search warrant to enter the house, which county property records show
was sold by Harmon to his son last year for $26,000.
For a time, officers used a megaphone to ask Harmon to surrender, believing he might be inside the home.
Ellen, who has lived across the street from the Harmon home for about
eight years, said she was startled to see all the police cars in the
She said she never met Arthur Harmon but had seen him walking a dog before.
Ellen said he wasn't very neighborly and the people in the Harmon home "keep to themselves."
gunfire at the office complex prompted terrified workers to lock the
doors to their offices and hide far from the windows. SWAT officers
searched the building.
"Everyone was just scared,
honestly, just scared," said Navika Sood, assistant director of nursing
at First at Home Health Services who along with her co-workers locked
the entrances to their office.
Sood said police evacuated the office about 30 minutes after she first heard the popping noises.
Brogan, who works in sales support at an insurance business in the
three-story complex, said she heard a loud bang that she thought at
first was from somebody working in or near the building.
said others at the business thought they heard multiple loud noises.
She said people locked themselves in offices until authorities evacuated
the complex that houses insurance, medical and law offices.
Neher, who works for a title company in the building, said the two
gunshots she heard sounded like two pieces of metal banging against each
Watching from her second-story office, she saw people leaving the building.
yelled, 'We have a shooter,"' she said. She saw two victims lying on
the ground outside the back side of the building. She said health care
workers who have offices in the complex came out to help.
Jaksa, a software consultant who works in the building, said he was
listening to the radio when he suddenly heard "two pops." He said he
didn't think they were gunshots.
"My co-worker goes to the range all the time," he said. "He identified it as gunfire."
The shooting took place on the same day that hearings on legislation to address gun violence were convened in Washington.