Statement from Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres on the Shootings Yesterday (July 18).

Statement from Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres on the Shootings Yesterday (July 18).

 

Yesterday, our City endured a horrific attack by a troubled individual.

 

Two people died as a result of the actions by this person.  My condolences and prayers go to the families of those who perished.  One of those who died was a good Samaritan who was trying to help deal with the fire.

 

An Emergency Tech from American Medical Response, fights for his life while another recovers from gunshot wounds.  My prayers go to those two first responders and I urge our community to say a prayer for them.

 

A Tucson Fire Captain who was on scene to fight the fire that was set, was shot and wounded by the assailant.  He has been treated and released from the hospital and is now home with his family.  My thoughts and prayers go to the Captain for his work for our community and bravery during the incident.

 

This attack involved several incidents, and thanks to the work of the City’s 911 communications, our first responders, police and fire, were able to act accordingly.  I want to thank the 911 Communications Team for their work on this incident.

 

Officer Danny Leon, an 8 year veteran of the Tucson Police Department, was able to bring down the assailant, so that no one else could be harmed by the actions of this troubled individual and then was able to give medical treatment.  Thank you Officer Leon for your bravery, professionalism and commitment to serve the community.  He is a hero for his actions and keep him in your prayers.

 

The investigation is now ongoing and we will get further information on this terrible incident in due time.  Our community must come together to work to deal with gun violence and to work to prevent another incident like the one that took place on Sunday, July 18 from happening again.

I want to thank Mayor Romero, Tucson Fire Chief Chuck Ryan and Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus for their leadership to deal with this terrible incident and our first responders from Tucson Police, Tucson Fire and American Medical Response for their actions.  Please keep them all in your prayers.