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
Man Opens Fire on Baseball Players at Ariz. High School
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.

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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. (Read more school shooting stories.)

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