Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Former New Mexican Reporter Injured in Phoenix Shooting

One of my former partners in the New Mexican Capitol Bureau was among the injured today in a shooting at a Phoenix office complex.

Hummels in 2001

Mark Hummels, who covered local and state government for the paper in the late 1990s and early 2000s, was among at least three shooting victims, according to a CBS affiliate in Phoenix

The station quoted a statement from Osborn Maledon, the law firm where Hummels now works.

“Our partner, Mark Hummels was representing a client in a mediation today when he was shot. We understand that other people also were injured. As the news has reported, Mark has been taken to John C. Lincoln hospital. We don’t have any further info at this time. At the appropriate time, additional information will be released by the authorities.
“Our concern right now is for Mark and his family. We ask the news media to respect their privacy in this difficult time.”

Colin Campbell, a Phoenix lawyer with Osborn Maledon, earlier told the Arizona Republic that a fellow lawyer in the firm was shot in his neck and lower back.

CNN reports:
Hummels in recent years
"A man described as a white male, possibly older, went into an office, got into some type of an altercation, and he shot three individuals," Thompson said. "He fled the scene, we believe, before we got there."Thompson said he did not believe the shootings were random. "We believe that this individual was probably known to the victims," he said. "We believe that this individual came to this location, for whatever purpose, got into an argument, which turned into gunfire."

After a stint as a reporter at the Albuquerque Journal North, Hummels, worked at the the New Mexican beginning in 1998. (He interned for us in 1997) He initially covered City Hall before moving to the paper’s Capitol Bureau.

The two of us covered the 2001 session of the Legislature.

He left the paper in 2001 to go to law school.

UPDATE 4:09 pm  Some good news.

The Arizona Republic has obtained an email from Andrea Marconi, a lawyer with Fennemore Craig and president-elect of the Federal Bar Association (Hummels currently is president of that organization) to members of the Phoenix legal community.

“The latest information I have is that Mark has a strong pulse after surgery and the doctors are optimistic about his recovery, so this is encouraging news,”  the e-mail said.