Foothills community feeling "terror" after deadly shooting - Tucson News Now

Foothills community feeling "terror" after deadly shooting

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

For many, business was back to normal at La Encantada mall with a full parking lot Saturday at Skyline Drive and Campbell Avenue, despite the previous evening's shooting that left two men dead and one woman injured inside Firebirds Woodfired Grill.

The restaurant remained closed Saturday, still locked full of fright from the night before. For some, like the Sparrow family, worrisome memories came flooding back when talking about the crime.

"My son said to me, 'Mom, look! There's a lot of people running,'" Barbara Sparrow said.

"So the first thing I did was just grab my sister," Barbara's son Jackson Sparrow explained.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department said Saturday that 60-year-old Fred Bair, a Tucson Fire Department Captain, fired shots at his ex-wife sitting at the bar, injuring her. Bair then shot and killed another man next to her, before killing himself. Authorities have said Bair knew the other man, but his and his ex-wife's names have not been released.


"That's just terrifying to be there and have that happen to you," Jackson said.

The Sparrow family was next door at RA Sushi Bar, where the staff locked patrons inside for safety. Barbara Sparrow said they were frequent visitors of Firebirds, and knows the Firebirds servers and bartenders well.

It was only after Barbara got the all-clear that the worry sunk in.

"This is a small community in the Foothills. La Encantada isn't just a place for us to visit," she said. "We're really close with the people that work at the restaurants, and I just had this sick feeling. I just wanted them to be okay."


Telling Tucson News Now on Saturday that she is shattered and heart-broken with the impact it has on the Foothills community. She said they will all need time to recover.

"I don't know when we'll go back. It's hard and scary. I want to give my kids time to work through it emotionally," she said. "I think that's just what it did. This act of violence put terror in the hearts of this Foothills community, and put terror in our hearts."

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