Published Monday, March 8, 2010 | 2:43 p.m.
Updated Monday, March 8, 2010 | 5:16 p.m.
UPDATED STORY: Police: Gunman accused in triple shooting was on meth
One person was killed and three were injured in a shooting this afternoon in the eastern valley that involved Metro Police.
Authorities responded at 1:58 p.m. to the Silver Pines apartment complex at 6650 E. Russell Road, which is east of Russell's intersection with Boulder Highway. The location is across the street from Silverbowl Park and is less than a mile from Sam Boyd Stadium.
Capt. Randy Montandon said a man shot three people, killing one person and injuring two others. Police then shot the gunman in the parking lot of the apartment complex after a confrontation.
The gunman and the two surviving victims were taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Authorities aren't sure how many officers fired at the suspect and it wasn't immediately clear what prompted police to draw a weapon, although investigators said the man did have a gun when police shot him.
Police Sgt. John Loretto said the shooting likely stemmed from a domestic disturbance. No officers were injured.
Officers recovered the gun suspected of being used during the shootings, Montandon said.
Montandon said a woman was pistol-whipped and shot in the face and a man was shot multiple times in the torso. It wasn't clear where the victim who died was shot, police said.
Police said they had received early reports that a child was injured in the shooting because she had blood on her, but authorities said this afternoon the blood on the young girl belonged to one of the other victims and the child wasn't injured.
Montandon said police have multiple crime scenes and "blood trails" to follow.
Steffon Jones, 36, has lived at the complex for about three years. He said this is the first time he can recall a shooting at Silver Pines.
He was standing across from the apartments Monday afternoon on the other side of Russell Road waiting to be let back in. He was returning home from being with his nieces and nephews, who had spent the weekend with him at the apartment complex.
“This is nothing that goes on here every day,” he said of the shooting.
Whitney Elementary School, 5005 Keenan Ave., was placed on lockdown as authorities investigated the shooting.