The Latest: Police ID gunman who killed 4 family members

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Posted: Feb 23, 2016 7:33 PM
The Latest: Police ID gunman who killed 4 family members

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a deadly shooting and house fire in Phoenix (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

Phoenix police say a man who shot his parents and two sisters in a shooting and house fire that left all five dead had a history of drug abuse.

Sgt. Trent Crump identified the gunman Tuesday as 26-year-old Alex Arthur Buckner.

Crump says 50-year-old Vic Buckner, 49-year-old Kimberly Buckner, 18-year-old Kaitlin Buckner and 6-year-old Emma Buckner all suffered gunshot wounds.

But a medical examiner will determine the causes of death.

According to Crump, family members say Alex Buckner was treated for drug abuse in the past, but the shooting was out of character.

Police say the gun used belong to Vic Buckner.

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1 p.m.

Authorities in Phoenix say a 6-year-old girl died in a shooting and house fire that left five family members dead, including the gunman.

Police Sgt. Trent Crump says the girl died at a hospital Tuesday.

He declined to release names or specify the relationships of the people involved but said they were a family of five and that the shooter was the brother or son of the victims.

A next-door neighbor says the family had lived in the home for about two years after moving from Oklahoma. James Graham says he wasn't close to his neighbors but they chatted occasionally and never mentioned any issues.

He says the girl and an older daughter lived at the home with their mother and father. Graham says he saw a boy in his late teens or early 20s from time to time.

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9:30 a.m.

Phoenix authorities say a girl who was critically wounded in a shooting and house fire has died, raising the death toll from the violence to five, including the gunman.

Police Sgt. Trent Crump says the girl, whose age wasn't known, died at a hospital Tuesday.

Crump says those killed were all related, and the gunman was shot by police.

He declined to release names or specify the relationships of the people involved, but he said they were a family of five and that the shooter was the brother or son of the victims. Details about what happened are unclear.

Officers dodged bullets and donned breathing gear to enter the burning home to help the victims while the shooter was still alive. Some firefighters stood on the roof to extinguish flames gushing from the home.

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8:40 a.m.

The mayor of Phoenix is praising the heroism of police officers and firefighters who responded to a house fire and shooting that left four people dead, including the gunman.

Police say those killed Tuesday morning were all related. A girl of unknown age also was hospitalized in critical condition.

Officers dodged bullets and donned breathing gear to enter the burning home to help the victims while the shooter was still alive. Some firefighters battling the blaze stood on the roof to put out flames gushing from the home.

Mayor Greg Stanton says the incident involved "unspeakable violence" but that the first responders' heroism gave residents reasons to take heart.

He praised the coordination of public safety agencies from Phoenix and neighboring cities.

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7:50 a.m.

Phoenix police say four people are dead including the gunman after a house fire and shooting.

Police Sgt. Trent Crump says all four killed in Tuesday morning's violence were adults. A girl was also hospitalized in critical condition.

Crump declined to release names or specify the relationships of the individuals involved, but he said they were a family a five and that the shooter was the brother or son of the victims.

A Fire Department spokeswoman says the shooter set the house on fire.

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7:20 a.m.

Phoenix police and firefighters braved gunshots, flames and smoke as they went to help shooting victims at a home that was on fire.

Details of the Tuesday morning shooting remain unclear, but authorities say at least two people were taken to hospitals with gunshot wounds and that the gunman also was shot.

Police Sgt. Trent Crump says the victims' conditions aren't immediately available, and he says there could be additional victims inside the gutted home.

Firefighters put out the fire after it flared up a second time, with several standing on the roof as flames and smoke gushed out. Police officers were shot at as they went into the house, some donning breathing apparatus to enter the burning home.

Crump says a 911 caller from the home described the shooting as a domestic situation.

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6:30 a.m.

A Phoenix Police Department spokesman says two people with gunshot wounds have been taken from a house that was on fire.

Sgt. Trent Crump said someone shot at officers as they went into the home Tuesday morning to help victims, but there's no immediate indication that any of the responders are among the injured.

Crump says the gunshot victims' conditions aren't available, and it's unclear whether there are any additional victims at the home on the city's northwest side.

Crump says police responded to a 911 call from somebody in the home about people being shot.

Details are sketchy about what happened at the home, including how the fire started. Dozens of fire units have responded to the blaze.

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6:15 a.m.

Authorities in Phoenix say there has been shooting at a house on fire on the city's northwest side and that gunshot victims are in the home.

Details are sketchy about the incident unfolding Tuesday morning, but police Sgt. Trent Crump says there was an active shooter in the house and that it was on fire. Fire Capt. Reda Bigler says there were gunshot victims in the home, but that their conditions weren't known.

Dozens of fire units are at the scene.

Journalists were being kept hundreds of feet from the home and at least one local television station cut away from showing live video from a helicopter. An anchor for KNXV-TV said that was to avoid giving away the positions of police around the house.