Gunman kills four, commits suicide at Phoenix apartment complex

A gunman killed four members of a family and their two dogs and then shot himself to death at a Phoenix apartment complex on Saturday, police said.

Officers responded to an emergency call reporting shots fired around 9:15 a.m. local time, said Phoenix police spokesman Sergeant Tommy Thompson. They found a man whose apartment was damaged by gunfire but who was not wounded.

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In trying to trace the source of the gunfire, the officers narrowed it to two possible units. When a witness reported seeing someone enter one of the residences, police sought to clear the neighboring unit and entered through the back patio, Thompson said.

Police found the bodies of two people shot to death on the patio and went inside and found two other slain individuals and two dogs that had also been shot to death, he said. The dead were two men, a woman and a teenage boy, he said.

Police believe the four people were all members of the same family, but no further details were released, including their names.

After police discovered the bodies, a special weapons and tactics team entered the neighboring apartment and found the suspected gunman, a man in his 50s, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Thompson said.

The apartment where the suspect was found appeared to be his residence, Thompson said.

Police were seeking a motive for the shootings, he said.


In other gun related news:

 A Tennessee man faces six felony weapons charges after police found two rifles, two handguns and high-capacity ammunition in luggage he was trying to check at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday, an official said.

Police arrested Keenan Draughon, 23, at about 8 a.m. EDT when the guns and ammunition were found in his bags, said Joe Pentangelo, spokesman for the Port Authority of New York.


Draughon, who is from Clarksville, Tennessee, approached the counter at United Airlines and declared he had two cases of firearms to transport, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.

Brown said Draughon was bound for Charlotte, North Carolina, although police originally reported he was heading to Nashville, Pentangelo said.

Draughon was charged with six counts of criminal possession of weapons, Pentangelo said, although it was not immediately clear why he was carrying the guns.

Handguns are illegal to carry in New York without a permit and the high volume of rifle and handgun ammunition allegedly found in Draughon’s bag is also illegal in New York, he said.

The .22-caliber rifles, one loaded, were painted over, illegally obscuring the serial numbers, Pentangelo said.

“Before leaving home, passengers should acquaint themselves with the weapon laws of the jurisdiction that they are visiting and comply with any and all legal requirements if they choose to travel with a weapon,” Brown said.

“Otherwise, they may find themselves being arrested and charged with serious felonies – as is what occurred in this case,” he said.