PHOENIX - Two people remain hospitalized after a shooting at a Phoenix Jamba Juice franchise continued into the emergency room at a local hospital Monday evening.
Police said a man armed with a handgun walked into a Jamba Juice near Thunderbird Road and 30th Avenue around 8 p.m. and forced three employees to the back of the store and broke their cell phones, said Sgt. Trent Crump, Phoenix Police Department.
As of 3:10 p.m., both the suspect and the victim were hospitalized. The victim is in "good condition and improving," according to police. The gunman remains in extremely critical condition.
One of the victims was the suspect's ex-boyfriend, according to police. The suspect pulled the ex-boyfriend out of the store and tried to get him into his Suburban. When the ex-boyfriend resisted, the suspect shot him twice.
The ex-boyfriend was transferred to a local hospital and the suspect fled before police arrived, said Crump.
The gunman entered the lobby of John C. Lincoln Hospital and, as a police officer was approaching, pointed the gun at his head and shot himself, according to Crump. The suspect was airlifted to a second trauma center.
Police said they found a suicide note at the suspect's house, as well as a note on him while he was at the hospital.
The hospital referred to last night's incident as "unfortunate" and that they remain "committed to the health and safety of our patients and employees," in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.
"Based on the ongoing evaluations of our security needs, our security systems and staffing have been and will continue to be adjusted as needed to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients and employees," the statement continued.