Tucson male allegedly shot female neighbor and himself, set her house on fire


TUCSON — A 54-year-old Tucson man and his female neighbor were both hospitalized with life threatening injuries, after the man allegedly shot the woman and shot himself in an incident that occurred after 5:30 p.m. Thursday on the 1400 block of East Duke Street.

Tucson Police officers were sent to the scene after area residents made several 911 calls about a man with a gun chasing after a neighbor, said a police news release.

Officers found Donald Shoemaker in his front yard with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

After noticing that the houses on either side of Shoemaker’s home sustained fire damage, officer discovered a third residence on fire in the 1400 block of E. Roger Rd.

Officers found an adult female who had been shot in the entry way of that home, the release said.

The female victim and Shoemaker were transported to Banner University Medical Center. They were both placed on life support at the hospital.

Tucson firefighters extinguish the fire at the woman’s house.

Several witnesses told police that  Shoemaker was chasing the neighbor while brandishing a firearm and had thrown several
incendiary devices at neighboring residences on Duke Street and Rogers Road.

Detectives learned that Shoemaker had prior incidents with neighbors in which he has threatened to kill them.

The investigation showed that Shoemaker allegedly “fire bombed” three homes and shot the female neighbor at her home. Shoemaker then returned home and turned the gun on himself.

During a search of Shoemaker’s home, investigators located more incendiary devices and gasoline containers.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call 88-CRIME. Callers will remain anonymous.

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