UPDATE: Authorities identify victim, suspect in deadly, ‘unprovoked’ shooting in Whetstone
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office has released more details about a deadly shooting at a Whetstone, Arizona, business on Monday afternoon, Nov. 14.
47-year-old Robert Lizarraga of Sierra Vista was pronounced dead at the scene. Another alleged victim was taken to a Tucson hospital for treatment. That person is said to be in critical condition on Tuesday morning, Nov. 15, after undergoing surgery.
Both were employees at the store that sells recreational vehicles.
37-year-old Bruce Alvin Hansberry of Sierra Vista was booked into the Cochise County Jail and is facing charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and child abuse.
After an air and ground search with multiple local, state, and federal agencies including K-9 and SWAT units, Hansberry was found hiding in a desert area east of State Route 90 and just north of State Route 82 and taken into custody shortly before 10 p.m.
Law enforcement agencies found a baby who had been left alone at Hanberry’s residence. Authorities have not released any information regarding the welfare of the child, who is less than 1 year old.
Authorities say they were called around 5:15 p.m. to a reported shooting with multiple victims at Desert RV, 86 East Redwing Lane, off Highway 90.
According to deputies, Hansberry came into the business with two AR-15 rifles and opened fire, prompting the owner, who was also armed, to fire back.
After the shooting, Hansberry fled in a black vehicle, which he then abandoned before running into the desert, officials say.
The sheriff said they are working to find out the motive for the shooting, saying it was unprovoked and that Hansberry did not know the alleged victims.
At around 9 p.m., hundreds of law enforcement personnel from multiple agencies were seen on Redwing Lane.
Per authorities, Hansberry had come to the business two times earlier that day but hadn’t acted out of the ordinary. No one had recognized him, they said.
During the search, a lockdown was put in place for four miles around the area and highways in the area were closed. SR 90 was first closed from Interstate 10 in Benson to the Van Denman gate at Fort Huachuca / 90 bypass in Sierra Vista at about 7:39 p.m. About an hour and a half later, the closure extended to SR 82 from SR 90 east to Sanders Road. These closures resulted in detours through Tombstone to get to/from Sierra Vista, ultimately closing access to Huachuca City and Whetstone.
Those restrictions ended after about 5 hours.
Anyone who has information on the shooting is urged to call 911.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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