Graduation party shooting leaves two killed and six injured

By Calvin Palmer

A shooting at a high school graduation party in Arizona last night left two people killed and six injured.

Police said a 37-year-old man got into an argument with his ex-wife at a home in Mesa at around 11:30 p.m. He went to his car, returned to the party with a handgun and started shooting.

He killed his 38-year-old ex-wife and a 32-year-old man. Six others sustained minor injuries. They included a 10-year-old boy who was grazed on the head and an 8-year-old boy injured by bullet fragments, Mesa Police Sgt Ed Wessing said.

Police responding to a 911 call were greeted by fire and one officer was shot in the left arm. He was rescued when the suspect barricaded himself inside the house on West Javalina Drive.

The officer’s injuries were not life threatening.

After a four-hour stand-off, negotiators managed to persuade the man to give himself up and he was taken into custody.

The names of the people involved have been withheld by police.

[Based on reports by the East Valley Tribune and newsday.com.]

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