Man Opens Fire on Baseball Players at Ariz. High School
One injured, cops seeking motive
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2012 11:30 PM CST
Updated Mar 2, 2012 3:03 AM CST
Willcox, Arizona is around 90 miles east of Tucson.   (Google)

(Newser) – An Arizona man has been busted for firing a high-powered rifle at high school baseball players, police said. A Willcox High School student suffered minor injuries when the gunman shot at his car as the teen was driving with a teammate to fetch a bucket of balls near the baseball field where other players were practicing, the Range Weekly reports. A school employee was also shot at as he tried to clear the area. Police—acting on information from a sharp-eyed umpire—quickly tracked down the 40-year-old suspect, who has been charged with three counts of attempted murder.

The school went into lockdown for hours until police determined there were no other shooters involved. The baseball players "moved as fast as they can move. First they got behind the dugout, then ran to the gym," their coach said. “Now I know how fast my kids can run." The district superintendent praised cops for their swift action, and the employee for risking his life to ensure students' safety. Police haven't yet determined the suspect's motive.

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Mar 3, 2012 2:42 AM CST
Instead of a high-powered rifle, I heard it was a pellet gun. Interesting!
Mar 2, 2012 11:31 AM CST
In America it's god's will do not tax the rich. We spend way to much money on wars and military. The real leader behind the scenes are the CIA and pentagon. So there is nothing left in the cookie jar for the mentality disturbed. Then we have ass holes on tv and radio spewing lies and half truths getting the week minded in a panic.
Mar 2, 2012 9:24 AM CST
Now we're going to hear cries for "controlling" high-powered rifles. And then it will be shot guns, followed by all rifles, and ultimately they be controlling the use and sale of pellet and BB guns. Then when the killings continue or increase as they have in England they being crying for control over knives, rope, and anything else that may be used as a weapon. England should be an example to us that criminals will commit crimes including the use of "controlled" weapons as the individual that has no issue with disobeying a law against murder, armed robbery, etc. will not even blink at disobeying a law against the use of a controlled weapon.