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Friend says she talked to victim as Phoenix family murder began

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Patty Burns Patty Burns
PHOENIX -

A family of four is believed to have been killed by their neighbor, who then turned the shotgun on himself.

Police don't know what sparked the violence, but FOX 10 spoke with a woman who says she was on the phone with one of the victims when shots rang out.

"They told me that the neighbor killed all four of them and we were good friends," said Patty Burns, a friend of the slain family.

Burns says she was on the phone with 66-year-old Bruce Moore when he and his family were murdered around 9 a.m. Saturday.

"All of a sudden, I hear Bruce say, 'What's up?' Then all of a sudden, I heard a faint shot," said Burns.

Police say the neighbor, 56-year-old Michael Dante Guzzo, shot and killed a family of four and their two dogs, in their townhouse near 17th Avenue and Hazelwood.

"Then, all of a sudden, the phone went dead and I didn't hear and I kept calling back," said Burns.

Investigators say Guzzo shot the father and grandfather on the back patio then went back through his house.

Police say the gunman came out of his front door then went back to the neighbors through their front door, where he shot the mother and her 17-year-old son.

Then, he allegedly walked about 20 yards to another neighbor's house where he fired two shots through the front door.

"Right through the door, so that would have hit us right in the chest if it would have caught us," said Libni Deleon, a neighbor.

Phillip Moore, who isn't related to the slain family, heard gunshots and saw the suspect.

"When I saw him with the shotgun, I was thinking he was just running through the complex blasting people," said Phillip Moore.

Police say Guzzo retreated to his home where he turned the gun on himself.

Investigators don't know what sparked the violence, but neighbors speculate it was barking dogs.

"[Bruce]'s called before on his dogs, they called because he had loud music," said Burns.

"That little dog was through here all morning, had their dog barking like crazy, all the dogs barking like crazy. Maybe that's what triggered it. Man, that's crazy," said Phillip Moore.

A growing memorial sits at the entrance to the townhouse where a grandfather, mother, father and 17-year-old boy were murdered.

"They'll be well missed by everybody, family, friends," said Burns.

The family's two dogs were also killed.

Police say it's still an ongoing investigation.

They say Guzzo lived alone.

The only criminal record they can find is an alcohol related arrest from another state in the 1980s.

Follow this story: Suspect, 4 victims identified in Phoenix townhouse murders

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