Shooting in Yuma, Arizona, leaves 6 dead

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Posted: Jun 02, 2011 4:13 PM
Shooting in Yuma, Arizona, leaves 6 dead

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A man apparently angry over a divorce case went on a shooting spree in Yuma, Arizona, on Thursday, killing five people and wounding another before taking his own life, the mayor said.

One of the dead was identified as an attorney who was shot at his Yuma law office, and some of the other victims were friends and relatives of the gunman, Mayor Alan Krieger told Reuters by telephone.

Details of the incident were sketchy, but Krieger said the shooting unfolded at more than one location in and around the city, located in the southwestern corner of Arizona near the border with Mexico.

Krieger said the gunman's motive was not entirely clear but that he was believed to be upset over a divorce case.

The incident began shortly after 9 a.m. local time and continued until about 11 a.m., when the gunman shot himself to death in a rural area outside Yuma, the mayor said.

He said City Hall and the local courthouse were shut down as a security precaution after the shooting first erupted. A Yuma school official said three nearby elementary schools also were locked down for about two hours.

"It's a tragedy," the mayor said, adding that the shooting was especially troubling coming just five months after six people were killed and 13 others wounded, including Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, in a shooting rampage across the state in Tucson.

"It affects the city, and obviously, that's not the kind of press we would like to have for our city. But it doesn't have anything to do with the way we are in Yuma or Arizona," Krieger said.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis, David Schwartz and Dan Whitcomb; Additional reporting and writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Greg McCune)