Office-Shooting Victim Sues Man’s Estate

     PHOENIX (CN) – A woman was shot in the wrist by a man who opened fire in a Phoenix office building in 2013 after a settlement conference, she claims in court.
     Nichole Hampton sued shooter Arthur Harmon’s widow Ivett Huska and Harmon’s estate, on Jan. 30 in Maricopa County Court.
     Harmon opened fire in a Phoenix office building on Jan. 30, 2013 after he attended a settlement conference on a pro se lawsuit he had filed against Fusion Contact Centers, for refurbishing of office furniture.
     “At the conclusion of the conference, which failed to yield a settlement, a discussion ensued in the building’s lobby between Arthur Harmon and opposing counsel in the presence of his two clients,” Hampton says in the lawsuit.
     Harmon told the opposing counsel, Mark Hummels of Osborn Maledon, that he needed to go upstairs to sign some papers, and got on an elevator. He pushed the button for the second floor, then for the ground floor, Harmon says. He came out shooting, fatally wounding Harmon and Fusion Contact Centers CEO Steve Singer, 48.
     Hummels’ other client, Peter Claypatch, was not harmed.
     Hampton says she was walking on an outside walkway when a bullet from Harmon’s gun struck her left wrist.
     “I saw about four men in suits run toward the door frantically. One of them said, ‘He’s got a gun,’ and then I heard shots,” Hampton said at a news conference the day after the shooting.
     Harmon, 70, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a shopping center in Mesa.
     Hampton seeks medical expenses, lost wages, and special and general damages. She is represented by Jack Salvatore.

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