A man dressed in tactical gear and armed with a rifle and Molotov cocktail went on a murderous rampage in Phoenix on the night of Aug. 28. On Friday, the Phoenix Police Department released harrowing video footage of the violent onslaught that left three people dead and five others injured – including two police officers.
The mass shooting suspect – later identified as 24-year-old Isaiah Williams – reportedly left his hotel room at a Days Inn around 8:30 p.m. He is seen on video dressed from head to toe in tactical gear – including a helmet, gas mask, knee pads, and a ballistic vest. He also is armed with a rifle, flash bangs, and a Molotov cocktail.
Immediately after exiting the hotel, the suspect began firing his weapon at vehicles and buildings. The suspect was walking through the parking lot, and spotted a white car driving. He opened fire on the vehicle. Two people in the car were shot and killed. The victims were later identified as Karla Garzona, 44, and Misael Arevalo, 36.
Three other people in the car fled for their lives as the suspect continued to shoot at the vehicle. They climbed over a fence in the parking lot behind a Waffle House.
Haunting security camera video shows the man continuing to fire off rounds in the parking lot.
The suspect then threw a Molotov cocktail at the window of the Waffle House. The window did not break, and the Molotov cocktail did not ignite.
The shooter then went to the glass door of the Days Inn reception area. He looked in, but did not fire his weapon at the three people inside.
The video shows the man continued to shoot his rifle indiscriminately, and wounded multiple people across the street.
As police arrived at the crime scene, the shooter unleashed a barrage of bullets at the officers. Two officers were shot.
A police officer is heard telling the dispatch, “I’m hit! I’m hit! I’m hit! Let’s get me help!”
The officer was pinned down by gunfire, so the other officers devised a plan to extract him. Officers did not have their body cameras activated, so there is no video. Another officer rushed the downed cop to a local hospital.
Phoenix police located Williams, and he was already dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
NBC News reported, “Investigators who processed the aftermath of the Aug. 28 incident north of downtown Phoenix found 200 spent rifle casings, five magazine cartridges, unused flash bangs, and a Molotov cocktail, Phoenix Police Sgt. Vincent Cole said in a recorded statement.”
Police did not reveal a possible motive for the mass shooting.
The Phoenix Police Department has launched an investigation into the mass shooting.
(WARNING: Graphic video)
Critical Incident Briefing – August 28, 2022 – 2600 W Deer Valley Rd