Phoenix police: Man who killed girls, 5 and 4 years old, was their father

PHOENIX (AP) – Phoenix police say a man and two young girls are dead as a result of shootings being investigated as a murder-suicide. The man believed to have fatally shot the two girls and then himself was the father of the children.

Police say a woman called police late Sunday night to say she was concerned about the welfare of her ex-husband and their two daughters. Another person called police to report shots being fired.

Sgt. Mercedes Fortune says a 36-year-old man and a 5-year-old were pronounced dead in a west Phoenix home and that a 4-year-old girl died at a hospital.

Fortune says officers believe the man killed the girls before killing himself

No identities were released and police didn’t immediately respond to an inquiry about whether the girls were the man’s daughters. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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