Firm: Former New Mexican politics reporter shot in Phoenix is on life support

Posted at: 01/31/2013 12:30 PM
Updated at: 01/31/2013 5:20 PM
By: KOB.com staff

Photo: Mark Hummels
Photo: Mark Hummels

A former reporter for the Santa Fe New Mexican who was shot Wednesday in Phoenix is on life support.

The law firm of Osborn Maledon has announced that attorney Mark Hummels, who was injured in an office-park shooting Wednesday, cannot survive his injuries.

Hummels worked at the New Mexican as a politics reporter in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.

Police said Hummels, an attorney, was mediating a dispute involving a client when the shooting took place.

The client, Steve Singer, died in the shooting.

Police believe they found the body of the shooter, Arthur Douglas Harmon, Thursday morning. He appeared to have died from a self-inflicted wound. Police say Harmon had filed a suit against Singer's company and was a party in the mediation.

According to a statement from his law firm, Hummels has a wife and two children.  The statement said he is the current president of the Phoenix chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

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Here is a statement issued earlier Thursday by Hummel's law firm, Osborn Maledon: 

"Our friend and partner, Mark Hummels, was severely injured in yesterday’s senseless shooting. We have been informed that Mark will not survive from the shooting. We are devastated at this news about our beloved friend. Our deepest sympathy and support pour out to his wife, Dana, and their two children.

The trust and affection Mark inspired in every reach of our law firm and with his clients are a lasting testament we will always cherish.

We are sad beyond measure also to have lost our long-time friend and client, Steven D. Singer, the CEO of Fusion Contact Centers, in this tragedy. Steve was a long-time client of the firm and an accomplished entrepreneur.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve’s family as well. 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.

As has been reported, both Mark and Steve were engaged in a settlement conference before they were shot.

The loss of Mark and Steve in any circumstances would be a tragedy.

For this to happen to them, while participating in a mediation, is beyond understanding, a terrible loss for us all."