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Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Family of 5 dead after shooting, fire at Phoenix home
PHOENIX - A family of five is dead after a shooting and fire at a home in Phoenix, according to officials.
Phoenix police said it appears that the suspect, who has not been identified, shot four of his family members inside the home near 47th Avenue and Cactus Road early Tuesday morning. Police said the suspect may be the brother or son of the victims.
A child, between the ages of 8 and 12, was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, but died, said Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump.
A motive for the shooting is not known.
Officers were initially called to the home after someone inside reported being shot.
When crews arrived on the scene, the scene turned into an "active shooter" situation and the home was on fire.
Crump said the suspect would shoot at first responders who were trying to get inside the home to help those who were hurt and to put out the flames. Those first responders had to then put on tactical gear and carry fire hoses to the home.