3 dead, 1 hurt in Ariz. motorcycle rally shooting

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Posted: Jul 23, 2011 1:50 PM
3 dead, 1 hurt in Ariz. motorcycle rally shooting

Three people were killed and one was critically wounded in an apparent murder-suicide shooting at a northern Arizona motorcycle rally, authorities said Saturday.

The shooting occurred late Friday at a campground at Mormon Lake, about 35 miles southeast of Flagstaff. The victims were all participants in the annual "Too Broke for Sturgis" motorcycle rally, according to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's spokesman Gerry Blair said two men and a woman were killed. Another woman from the same group was shot six times and was in critical condition at Flagstaff Medical Center following emergency surgery.

Two other women in the party were taken to the same hospital to be treated for shock, Blair said.

The victims' names were being withheld pending notification of family.

Blair said Saturday the shootings were "beginning to look more and more like a murder-suicide because we don't believe there is a suspect still out there."

At the scene, investigators learned the two women had been sitting in chairs outside a camper when they were shot. One man was found shot several times. The other man was found dead on the ground with a handgun near his hand, Blair said.

Blair added that deputies assigned to the rally heard what sounded like gunshots at about 11:20 p.m. Soon after, a flood of calls came into the 911 system advising dispatchers of a shooting with multiple victims at the campground.

About 2,000 people were attending this year's motorcycle rally in the small community of Mormon Lake. Blair said the promoter has canceled the remainder of the event.