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4 shot in Phoenix suburb shooting spree; suspect at large

MESA, Ariz. (AP) – A gunman wounded at least four people across multiple locations in a Phoenix suburb Wednesday, and police warned residents to stay indoors as they hunt for the suspect.

Mesa Detective Esteban Flores says victims were injured Wednesday morning in shootings at three locations, including a restaurant and a hotel. He said the number of victims is four, but they are still sorting out the toll.

“We could have more at this time,” Flores said. “We just don’t know.”

Flores says police are looking for a bald, white man in his 40s with a large tattoo on his neck. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and either black pants or black shorts. Police believe the shooter was acting alone.

When asked whether local residents should be worried about the shooting, Flores said, “Absolutely, they should be really concerned.”

The shooting occurred near the East Valley Institute of Technology. Mesa Community College issued an emergency alert, saying its campus was on lockdown and anyone already there should proceed to the safest location.

The shooting scene is near a light rail line that travels through the metro Phoenix area.

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