PD: 5 people, 2 dogs dead in Phoenix shooting

PHOENIX - Five people were found shot to death, including the suspected gunman, at a Phoenix apartment complex Saturday.

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said officers responded to a shooting call around 9 a.m. near 17th Avenue and Hazelwood Street.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers worked to identify where the gunshots came from, said Thompson. They eventually narrowed it down to two townhomes.

Officers entered the first home and found the bodies of two adult males, a female and a teenage boy. Two of the victims were located on the patio and two others were found inside. The bodies of two dogs were also discovered. All were pronounced dead at the scene.

Thompson said officers entered the second home, which was located nearby, and discovered the body of an individual believed to be the gunman. Police said the suspect, a man in his 50s, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The tragedy has turned the Phoenix neighborhood upside down. Residents are trying to piece together information, not really knowing where to go from here, but counting their blessings that they were not hit.

ABC15 talked with one man who came very close to being one of the victims. Libni DeLeon said he heard a knock on his door early Saturday morning, and then before he knew it, 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.

Several other residents said they also heard gunshots, many saying things like this never happen in their neighborhood.

The victims' names have not been released pending notification of next-of-kin.

It is unclear at this time what sparked the shooting.

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