Cops: Yuma Gunman, 73, Kills 5, Himself Over Divorce

One victim was an attorney packing for retirement
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2011 7:02 PM CDT

(Newser) – Six people are dead after a shooting rampage in Yuma linked to a divorce case, reports the Arizona Republic. The victims include a lawyer who was packing up his office for retirement, notes AP. Details are still emerging, but police have a rough outline of events: 73-year-old Carey Hal Dyess walked into the office of Jerry Shelley, the attorney who represented his ex-wife, and fatally shot him. Dyess then left the office and fatally shot four other people—no identities yet—before killing himself. One other person was wounded.

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"Apparently, he did not want to shoot the secretary, so he told her to get down," another lawyer tells the Republic. "Then he shot Jerry. I've worked with Jerry Shelley for over 20 years, and he's a very kind person. I'm really shocked by this." Added another: "He was retiring, that's what's so heartbreaking." (Read more divorce stories.)

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