One Arizona man has died, one is in hospital and another is cooperating with investigators following a fatal shooting at an Amazon delivery station parking garage.
On Wednesday, Jacob Murphy, 29, a suspect, arrived at Chandler’s Amazon delivery facility at Chandler, Arizona at around 9:30 AM and opened fire on an unnamed Amazon worker. According to reports, Murphy fired multiple shots at Murphy and struck him multiple time.
Murphy was struck by a third man, an Amazon contract worker. Murphy was killed on the spot, but investigators are still unsure if he was shot by an Amazon worker or if he took his own lives. Murphy was not an Amazon employee. Police believe that the initial shooting was an isolated, targeted incident.
“Police have not determined that this was a targeted attack on the Chandler Amazon distribution station by one gunman,” stated Sgt. Jason McClimans said that this was not an active shooter incident. This shooting was a result of personal problems between the three men, which were not related to Amazon.
It is not clear what Murphy’s relationship to the victim is.
According to police, the Amazon worker who shot back at the suspect may have been a “Good Samaritan”, who arrived at work that day armed to help the injured worker. Although the victim suffered “life-threatening” injuries, he is expected to survive. Police stated that the so-called Good Samaritan is cooperating in the investigation and is not being considered a suspect.
The incident occurred at a delivery station, where contract workers pick up and deliver packages on Amazon’s behalf. Two delivery drivers are thought to have been involved in the incident, according to Amazon employees.
McClimans said that the lockdown order was lifted after McClimans confirmed that there had been no active shooter. All Amazon employees and partners who were present at the facility on that day were paid their wages. It is not clear if the facility has resumed operations.
“We are deeply shocked by the senseless act de violence committed in our parking lot. “We’re working closely alongside law enforcement as they probe and are focused on supporting my team during this difficult period,” Richard Rocha, Amazon spokesperson, said in a statement.