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Phoenix police ID shooter who wounded 2 outside mall

Posted at 8:21 AM, Dec 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-24 10:21:31-05

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police have released the identity of an armed suspect officers shot and killed outside a mall filled with Christmas shoppers.

Investigators were trying to determine Tuesday what motivated 38-year-old Richard L. Ruiz to attempt a carjacking outside Desert Sky Mall.

Officers responded to a report of gunfire in the area Monday around 11 a.m.

Police say Ruiz shot a woman as she fled in her car. He then shot at a second driver he tried to carjack.

A 56-year-old man was hit as a result. Officers later shot Ruiz when he pointed a gun at them. The two wounded victims are expected to survive.