Phoenix police said Sunday that they may never learn exactly why a 56-year-old man fatally shot a family of four who lived next door before killing himself in a townhouse complex in Phoenix.
But neighbors in the family-oriented, 250-unit complex, near 17th Avenue and Hazelwood Street, said the shooter often argued with pet owners about barking dogs and left written notes complaining about the noise.
“He didn’t want noise,” neighbor and dog owner Denise Lopez said. “The dogs were waking him up. He always used to complain.”
What is known, according to police, is that Michael Dante Guzzo took his pump-action shotgun and, at about 9a.m. Saturday, fatally shot his next-door neighbors: Bruce Moore, 66; his daughter, Renee, 36; her husband, Michael, 42, who took his wife’s last name; their son, Shannon, 17; and two dogs.
Guzzo then began walking to a unit across the courtyard, where a Chihuahua and pit bull had started barking at the gunfire, the dogs’ owner said.
Guzzo banged and kicked the front door, said Libni, who lives at the unit and declined to provide a last name. Libni’s girlfriend had just left the shower and was trying to open the door and hold a towel around herself at the same time, he said, but he sent her upstairs to be with the two children.
“That’s when he fired through the door,” said Libni, who was standing to the side at the time.
Guzzo then began to walk away as Libni raced up to the second floor, retrieved his gun and opened a window, he said.
“A man’s got to protect his family,” Libni said.
At the sound of the window opening, Guzzo raised the shotgun and fired, shattering the glass, Libni said. He said he had just ducked.
“It’s a miracle,” he said.
Guzzo then walked across the courtyard to his unit, went inside and fatally shot himself, police said.
The ex-wife of the man who murdered his four neighbors and killed their two dogs Saturday because the canines wouldn’t stop barking loudly, says there were warning signs he would snap.
Michael Guzzo, the 56-year-old gunman, became enraged over the noise from the pets at a neighboring townhouse in a Phoenix apartment complex, detectives say.
They believe the pharmacist used a pump-action shotgun to shoot dead Bruce Moore, 66; his daughter, Renee Moore, 36; her husband Michael Moore, 42 (who took his wife’s last name); and their son, Shannon Moore, 17. He also slaughtered their dogs.
Guzzo then fired several rounds into the door of another neighbor.He returned home and killed himself.