On Oct 29, 2013, The Province reported that a Phoenix man went on a rampage that killed four people and two dogs. It all started with the neighbor’s dogs—they barked—and that was too much for Michael Guzzo to handle. After constantly complaining about barking dogs in the otherwise quiet neighborhood, Guzzo snapped. He went on a rampage, killing four and terrorizing others before turning the gun on himself.
He just snapped
For months, Michael Guzzo put up flyers and notices around the neighborhood reminding people of the noise ordinances and pet laws. But, the barking dogs must have been too much for him to handle. He opened fire with a shotgun and took the lives of four of his neighbors: Bruce Moore aged 66, Moore’s daughter—Renee Moore aged 36, Renee’s husband Michael Moore, and the couple’s daughter 17-year old Shannon Moore. Guzzo also shot and killed the family’s two dogs.
Then Michael Guzzo went across the courtyard and fired shots through the front door of Libni Deleon, another dog owner. As Guzzo attempted to gain entry into the residence, Deleon sent his wife and kids to hide upstairs and shouted at Guzzo—resulting in more gunshots. Guzzo finally gave up and returned to his residence where he shot himself—ending the reign of terror.
According to Deleon, Michael Guzzo, aged 56, constantly complained about the barking dogs in the neighborhood. One afternoon, Deleon came home to find Guzzo standing at his back gate. Deleon’s dogs were barking at Guzzo. Michael Guzzo complained to Deleon, “Your dogs are barking and I’m here to live in peace.”
Now, family and friends of the Moores are trying to make sense of it all. The Moore’s home was filled with gunshot holes and the back patio is blood-stained. It will be a long-time coming before the anger and hurt subsides in this once quiet Phoenix neighborhood.
Lynda Altman loves animals and is “mom” to three rescued dogs; Izzy, Sophie, and Romeo. She is very concerned about pet health issues. Prior to the birth of her 4th child, Lynda owned an exotic pet business. Get notices when this page is updated by clicking on the subscribe link, by email, or contact Lynda @fusgeyer on Twitter.