After responding to a 9 a.m., Oct. 26 call for shots fired at an apartment complex located near 17th Ave. and Hazelwood Str. in Phoenix, police eventually discovered the dead bodies of five people and two dogs. All were pronounced dead at the scene.
ABC News in Phoenix reported that one of the five dead was the presumed gunman, who died from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot.
The bodies were located in two separate townhouses in close proximity to one another at the apartment complex.
Officers entered the first home and found the bodies of four individuals -- two were located on the patio, while two others were found inside. The bodies of two dogs were also discovered.
The suspected shooter’s lifeless body was found in a different townhome nearby, according to spokesperson for the Phoenix Police Department, Sgt. Tommy Thompson.
The deaths have the Phoenix neighborhood reeling in shock and horror, with residents relieved that more weren’t shot to death.
One resident from the neighborhood, Libni DeLeon, told the media that he heard a knock on his front door early Saturday morning. Moments later, “the suspect was shooting through his front door.”
"I ran upstairs and when I got there I got a glance at him (the suspect) and I yelled at him and he turned around and shot two more rounds upstairs."
DeLeon said the bullet holes are now scattered around his house, including one that went through the bathroom and into the kitchen. He's thankful his family was upstairs out of harm’s way.
As of this writing, the identities of the victims and the shooter have not yet been released.
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