5 found dead inside US home after family dispute

2015-04-17 16:22
Police tape cordons off the front of a home where authorities say five people were killed inside after a shooting in Phoenix. (Ross D Franklin, AP)

Police tape cordons off the front of a home where authorities say five people were killed inside after a shooting in Phoenix. (Ross D Franklin, AP)

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Phoenix - A shooting on Thursday resulting from a suspected family dispute left five people dead in a Phoenix home, police said.

The names and ages of the three men and two women weren't immediately released, but police said they all were adults.

A woman who was able to leave the home told officers that it was a family dispute gone wrong, police spokesperson Trent Crump said.

"Our dispatcher could hear shots fired in the background while that call was coming in," Crump said. "A caller had been able to escape the home at that point, get out and start to give us information".

Officers discovered the bodies after an hours-long barricade situation in a residential neighbourhood. Witnesses at the scene said they heard the sound of muted gunshots about an hour after a standoff began.

A SWAT team used a robot to search the house before sending in a dog and officers, Crump said.

It wasn't immediately clear how many people fired shots, but police say they weren't looking for any outstanding suspects.

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