A man who police say fatally shot four people in the past few days in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound as police surrounded him, a police official said.
Detectives tracked the suspect to an Extended Stay Hotel in Scottsdale, according to Phoenix Police Sgt. Vince Lewis. As a tactical team set up to enter the room on Monday morning, shots were fired inside the room, and police found the suspect dead. No officers were injured or fired a weapon during the incident.
Sgt. Ben Hoster of Scottsdale Police said that the 4th victim, though found Saturday morning, died sometime Friday afternoon. All four victims were killed within about 24 hours between Thursday 5:30 p.m. and Friday afternoon, Hoster said. Police believe the suspect knew all of the victims, he added.
Four homicide victims
One of the shooting victims was Steven Pitt, a forensic psychiatrist who was involved in several high-profile cases. He was found shot dead in Phoenix on May 31 after witnesses heard a loud argument and gunshots, officials said.
Veleria Sharp, 48, and Laura Anderson, 49, were shot and killed at a Scottsdale law firm Friday afternoon, according to Scottsdale Police.
"Her intellect, passion and friendship has meant more to us than we can even begin to convey. She was more than a coworker, she was a friend, a mother, grandmother, daughter and wife and gave all of herself to her family, her friends and her work," Burt, Feldman, Grenier said.
Sharp was a dedicated mother, wife and daughter, the law firm said.
"Veleria was a treasured member of our work family. She brought joy, calmness, warmth and compassion to all that she did," the firm added.
Marshall Levine, 72, was also found dead Saturday in his office at a Scottsdale mental health counseling facility. He had been shot and was found in his office by an acquaintance.