An Amazon contract worker was shot before a colleague returned fire, killing the suspect. The armed colleague likely stopped an active shooter situation, according to police.
The suspect, who was not an Amazon employee, entered the grounds of an Amazon Flex facility in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler and shot the unarmed contract worker multiple times at about 9:30 am, Chandler police said.
Authorities added that the second contracted Amazon employee then shot the suspect, who died at the scene in the facility’s parking lot.
The suspect was identified as Jacob Murphy, 29. There was no immediate report on the motive for the shooting.
“We don’t know what led up to this. That’s under investigation,” said Sgt. Jason McClimans, a police spokesman. “We also do not know the mindset of the shooter, but we are not looking for any other suspects.”
Bryton Bobbitt, a contracted Amazon worker, told local outlet KNXV that he had been getting ready for work at the facility when the shooting took place.
He said: “All of a sudden, just hear pop, pop, pop. [I] start looking around, like where did that come from? A few of our other workers started running.
“I was already in my work van, I put it in gear and tried to find a safe place and got out of here.”
Footage from the scene showed a heavy police presence, with evidence markers on the ground and a hole in the shattered window of what police say was the shooter’s car.
The Amazon facility and local schools in the area were briefly locked down following the incident.
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“We weren’t sure if this was an active shooter, but within 20 minutes, we were able to lift those lockdowns,” McClimans said. He called the colleague who shot the suspect a “good Samaritan”.
He added that the wounded worker was hospitalised in “life-threatening condition” but is expected to survive.
He said the the other contracted Amazon employee who fatally shot the suspect wasn’t injured, adding he possibly stopped an active shooter situation.
The names of the two contracted employees weren’t immediately released. Amazon said in a statement the company was “saddened” by the incident and said employees were sent home for the day, with pay.