Attorney Mark Hummels Dies From Phoenix Shooting

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Attorney Mark Hummels was taken off life support last night, and he became the second person to be killed as a result of Wednesday's office-building shooting in Phoenix.

The attorney for the Osborn Maledon law firm and businessman Steve Singer were shot by 70-year-old Arthur Harmon, after they were all involved in a mediation meeting regarding a lawsuit.

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Singer died on Wednesday, and a statement from Osborn Maledon yesterday said Hummels wouldn't survive either. The third person shot, Nichole Hampton, was shot in the hand, but was expected to be released from the hospital yesterday. Harmon, the shooter, shot himself in the head in Mesa.

Here's how Osborn Maldeon described Hummels:

Mark Hummels is the best kind of lawyer - a man who is highly capable in his practice and caring to his core about his community. Still in the early years of his career, Mark has earned many accolades for his skill as an attorney. He is president of the Phoenix Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and highly regarded by the State and Federal bench. He was recognized by "Benchmark Litigation" as a "future star" in litigation. To judges, attorneys and other professionals, he is a trusted counselor in ethics and disciplinary proceedings.

Mark also has given back to the community at large, serving on the training committee for Arizona Town Hall and providing pro bono legal services to those who could not afford counsel. This giving spirit was enhanced during his early years as a reporter for the "Santa Fe New Mexican," an experience that honed his rare insights into people and our society.

Above all, Mark is the most decent of men. An adoring husband, dedicated father and true friend, Mark is what all of us aspire to be on our best days.

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When I read the initial negative description of Mr. Harmon I thought of a lady I knew years ago.  In the year and a half prior to her stroke she became the most negative hostile person I ever ever met.  After her stroke she became like a normal person again.  My second thought is if you have not tried to be self-employed or run a small business in today's climate just STFU cuz you have no idea what people go through.  My 3rd thought was how in grade school we were taught that communism/socialism are de-incentivizing because no matter how hard you work or how much you educate you still only get the same paltry remuneration. . . . we have reached that same point for many with our current incarnation of capitalism/democracy.  Mentally ill is the last thing I would call Mr. Harmon.  First I would investigate his stressors and his health before tossing out such judgements.  Nobody wants to say what happened in the "mediation" and how that might have affected Mr. Harmon.  


2 young children lost their father on Wednesday and 2 more lost their father today because an angry, bitter old man who had reached his own breaking point could think of no other option than to engage in violence to settle a business dispute. This isn't a liberal, conservative, Democrat or Republican issue. This isn't even, necessarily, a gun issue. It’s a societal issue. It represents a society that glorifies violence but provides few other outlets or options for individuals who feel that they have reached their breaking point and have few other resources. It represents a society that portrays violence in every aspect of its culture and media - movies, TV, music, video games and books. It's a Good Day to Die Hard, isn't it. It represents a society that shows human lives as disposable, expendable plot elements. It represents a society that has continued to cut mental health spending while its citizens have become more desperate, experienced more despair and have needed access to more and better coping resources. More gun control isn't ging to change the behavior or conduct that leads to gun violence - only changing the way that people conduct themselves will reduce violence generally and gun violence with it. I'm not sure where we go as a community, but 4 young children are now forced to grow up without fathers.

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sad. my condolences to their families


@truthseekeraz This was a white man....he could have been black, brown, yellow or green and the despair and tragedy remains the same.  I will acknowledge that this situation has given me pause because it happened in my community - professionally and personally - so I have thought more about it because it hit closer to home.  If you think about the shootings that made the news in a big way recently - Aurora, Newton, Tucson - a lot of them involve predominantly white communities which may be why they get so much press. Unfortunately, it is all too common an occurrence in other communities as well - the Hispanic community, the Black community - if in ones and twos and not in mass tragedies.  Because of that it may be easy to ignore or forget that this type of violence is a daily problem in those communities but that doesn't make it any less meaningful to those impacted by it regardless of race, color or ethnicity. 


@truthseekeraz @JohnQ.Public On the other side of the coin, there is a gent who appears to be Hispanic who was actually a 'hero', of sorts, in this shooting incident. Had it not been for him having the courage to follow the suspect who knows how long the suspect vehicle information may have taken to develop. He was given due coverage in print and television reports, without mention of his race or ethnicity.

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