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Gunman targeted ex-wife

The Associated Press. A crime scene investigator stands outside the office of attorney Jerrold Shelley on Thursday in Yuma, Ariz. A 73-year-old man's shooting rampage in towns near the Arizona border left six people dead Thursday.

The Associated Press. A crime scene investigator stands outside the office of attorney Jerrold Shelley on Thursday in Yuma, Ariz. A 73-year-old man's shooting rampage in towns near the Arizona border left six people dead Thursday.

YUMA, Ariz. -- The 73-year-old man who went on a shooting rampage in southwestern Arizona killed his ex-wife while apparently targeting her and people who supported her in their divorce, a sheriff's official said Friday.

Carey Hal Dyess killed five people and wounded one in the shootings Thursday around Yuma, a city of about 91,000. He was later found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities previously identified one of the victims as prominent Yuma attorney Jerrold Shelley, who represented Dyess' ex-wife in their 2006 divorce.

On Friday, Leon Wilmot, chief deputy for the Yuma County Sheriff's Office, said one of the other victims was Dyess' ex-wife. Wilmot did not release the woman's name or identify the other victims, saying authorities were still notifying family members.

But he said the other victims were all either acquaintances or friends of Dyess' ex-wife who ''supported her during the course of the divorce.''

''That's what it's looking like,'' Wilmot said. ''He (Dyess) apparently didn't agree with what had happened with the divorce, something that caused him to feel that his ex-wife as well as her friends were probably against him.''

He added that the person who was wounded in the shootings and flown to a Phoenix-area hospital was the ex-wife's ''best friend.''

Wilmot said authorities have not found any notes left by Dyess, and have not been able to determine the order in which the killings occurred. They only know the order in which they were reported, he said.

Yuma County Sheriff Ralph Ogden said the first shooting was reported shortly after 5 a.m. in Wellton, about 25 miles east of Yuma. The woman was in critical condition at a Phoenix hospital.

He said Dyess then fatally shot four people around town before driving to Yuma and killing Shelley at about 9:20 a.m. Shelley was killed while packing up his office on his last day of work.

The bodies in Wellton were found between 8:20 and 9:45 a.m.

Police believe Dyess drove back toward Wellton, pulled over and fatally shot himself. His body was found at 10:47 a.m. inside a vehicle.

Shelley was killed in his downtown law office. Shelley represented Dyess' ex-wife in their 2006 divorce, which was Dyess' fifth.

Vida Florez, a Yuma attorney who knew Shelley, said she learned of the shooting after leaving court. She said she heard from a witness who spoke to the police about what happened inside the office.

''They said the shooter came in and told the secretary to 'Get out of here,''' Florez said. ''She did, and he shot Jerry Shelley and he left.''

Shelley also was one of the lawyers representing seven young men -- three sets of brothers -- who sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson after accusing a priest of repeatedly raping them when they were children.

A man and woman were found dead in a small farm house outside the nearby town of Wellton, said Yuma police Sgt. John Otero. The tree-shaded home was set back about 100 feet from a highway, with a cow pasture in front.