A gunman opened fire at a Phoenix office complex in Arizona Wednesday, killing one man and wounding two others. Police identified the suspect as Arthur D. Harmon, and warned the public that the suspect was "armed and dangerous."
Phoenix police officials believe Harmon acted alone and fled the scene in a car after the 10:30 a.m. shooting, the Associated Press reported.
Officials said Steve Singer, 48, died hours after the late morning shooting. A 43-year-old man was listed in critical condition, and a 32-year-old woman suffered non-life threatening injuries.
"We believe the two men were the targets. It was not a random shooting," said Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a Phoenix police spokesman as reported by the Associated Press.
The woman was allegedly shot when she tried to note down the suspect's car plate number.
Citing court documents, AP reported that Steve Singer who died hours after the gunshot was the CEO of the Scottsdale-based company, Fusion Contact Centers LLC. Harmon had filed a lawsuit against the company.
According to the court documents, the suspect was scheduled to go to a law office in the same Phoenix office complex for a settlement conference in the lawsuit he filed against the company last April.
The company had hired him to refurbish office cubicles at two call centers in California, but a contract dispute arose, reported the AP.
"Fusion 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," the AP reported citing the court documents.
"Harmon 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," the AP reported.
According to the documents, Harmon's lawsuit had sought payment for the remainder of the contract, $20,000 in damages and reimbursement for storage fees and legal costs.
The latest public shooting on American soil came on the same day the Congress took up the issue of gun control for the first time since the Connecticut school massacre last December where 26 people were killed including 20 children.
The president of United States of America this month signed 23 executive actions to strengthen the existing gun laws and take related steps in a bid to make the public feel safe.
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