Rabat - A Moroccan in Phoenix (Arizona) killed his two brothers, his 75-year-old mom and his sister-in-law before killing himself after a dispute over family business.
Rabat – A Moroccan in Phoenix (Arizona) killed his two brothers, his 75-year-old mom and his sister-in-law before killing himself after a dispute over family business.
On Thursday, April 16th, police said five people of Moroccan origins were found dead inside their north Phoenix home. The victims – all adults between the ages of 28 and 75 – were three brothers, their mom and one of the men’s wives. It is believed that one of the brothers killed the other four and then committed suicide.
The family runs a Phoenix limousine service company. It is believed that a dispute over the family’s transportation business might have triggered the shooting.
A woman inside was able to flee with two young children – a 3-year-old and a month-old infant – and called authorities, media reports say.
Police reportedly heard gunshots in the background when the woman called. One of the brothers’ wives emerged from the house and told police she had been hiding in the bathroom. The names of the victims have not been released.
Once there, a SWAT team used a robot to search the house prior to sending a dog and officers, said Sgt. Trent Crump, a Phoenix police spokesman.
He added that during an hours-long standoff, authorities used a megaphone to communicate with the residents of the home, addressing the family in Arabic.