Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton thanked first responders Tuesday who responded to a reported shooting and house fire that turned into an active-shooter situation.
"On a day of tragedy--unbelievable tragedy, unbelievable violence that occurred inside that home--we should also take heart in the incredible heroism of our Phoenix police officers and firefighters. A job well done," said Stanton, who spoke to reporters at the scene.
Police said four people died in the shooting and fire, including a child, who died at the hospital. The gunman was shot by police. Police have not yet released the victims' identities.
Stanton later released a statement via his Facebook page:
This morning our city witnessed an unspeakable domestic-violence tragedy in Northwest Phoenix, one marked by incredible heroism on the part of our Police and Fire first responders.
Police officers had to put on fire equipment to enter a burning house to battle both flames and an assailant who had shot his family, and who was still armed and still firing. This situation was extremely dangerous and required quick thinking, flawless coordination and unimaginable personal courage. Our prayers go out to the victims. And our city’s unending gratitude is extended today for our heroic first responders from Phoenix and Glendale.
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