SANTA FE – A lawyer who died from gunshot wounds in a Phoenix office shooting this week was a former reporter with the Santa Fe New Mexican who left the paper in 2001 to attend law school at the University of Arizona, the newspaper reported.
A publicist for his law firm said Friday that Mark Hummels died after being placed on life support. He was the second of three people hit by gunfire to die in the attack.
Police said the gunman – Arthur Douglas Harmon, 70 – was found dead early Thursday in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Hummels, 43, covered local and state government for the newspaper in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the newspaper said Thursday.
Santa Fe New Mexican editor Rob Dean said in a statement that the newspaper felt a “profound loss” and employees’ thoughts were with the former colleague’s wife and family.
“Mark was an accomplished journalist and an even better person. He had the intelligence to understand difficult problems and a hunger to do important work,” Dean said.
Dean said Hummels started at the newspaper as an intern and remembered how he felt that “the mission of journalism spoke to him.”