Thursday, May 29, 2014
"MESA, AZ — Police believe a man shot and stabbed his mother before killing himself at a Mesa RV park Friday.
"Officers responded to Mesa Regal RV Resort on Main Street shortly before 10:30 a.m. and found a woman in her late 40s with multiple wounds, according to Mesa Police Sgt. Tony Landato.
"The woman was taken to a local hospital, where she was reportedly in critical but stable condition Saturday morning.
"Landato said there was indication that the woman was shot and stabbed by her son, 21-year-old Mark Samual Taro.
"`What little information we had was from workers on site that indicated they had seen a subject running west of where we found our victim,` Landato said. `Our officers began to saturate the trailer park trying to locate this subject. We weren't sure if he had made it out of the park or not.`
"Officers reportedly found a vacant mobile home on the west side of the park with signs of forced entry. A perimeter was established and negotiation attempts were initiated.
"After a few hours without a response, officers entered the mobile home and found Taro dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Landato.
"The events leading up to the incident and the motive are unknown, Landato said."