A recently divorced couple and their 18-year-old daughter have been found dead in an apparent murder-suicide, Arizona police say.
Ruben Sanchez, 51; his ex-wife Ana Guerra, 49; and their 18-year-old daughter Amy Sanchez were found dead at a home in Mesa, Arizona.
The couple’s 12-year-old daughter, Andrea Sanchez, was wounded and fled to a neighbors house, where cops were called.
Officials have not revealed who they believe the shooter to be.
Detective Brandi George said officers responded to the home in Mesa around 8:30 p.m. Monday after being alerted by a 12-year-old girl who ran to the home of her neighbors, AZ Family reported.
Police found the bodies of Ruben Sanchez, 51, and his ex-wife, Ana Guerra, 49. Authorities did not immediately say who they believe fired the shots that resulted in the deaths
Amy Sanchez was killed in a shooting police characterized as a murder-suicide. The photo is featured on a GoFundMe page set up by a friend of Sanchez’s sister, Andrea, who escaped the shooting with an injury
Andrea Sanchez, pictured after the shooting, was wounded in the arm and likely suffered a concussion, her uncle said. He added that she underwent surgery Tuesday but does not remember the shooting
Sanchez and Guerra, who police said were married, were found lying on the first floor of the home among large amounts of blood.
Their teenage daughter, Amy, was found on the second floor, George said.
All three had gunshot wounds. Investigators found a handgun and ammunition in the house.
‘[This] tragic incident appears to be a case of murder-suicide,’ George said Tuesday.
The girl who ran from the house suffered a gunshot wound to the wrist, George said.
A neighbor who called the 911 emergency line said they grabbed the girl as she approached their home in the suburb about 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Phoenix, the state capital.
‘We pulled her into our front porch, sat her down because she was bleeding really good,’ the neighbor said. ‘And then we heard a gunshot, so we grabbed her, pulled her inside the house… continued to stay on [with] 911.’
Police also found a weapon and ammunition inside the home in Mesa, a suburb east of Phoenix
Police found the bodies of Ruben Sanchez, right, and his ex-wife, Ana Guerra
Amy Sanchez, right, was found dead on the second floor of the home
The events leading up to the shooting were unclear and detectives have not yet said who they believe fired the gunshots.
Marco Sanchez, an uncle of the 12-year-old survivor he identified as Andrea, said the girl is ‘strong.’
‘She’s surrounded by good friends and family and hopefully we’ll pull her through,’ Sanchez said.
The girl was shot in the arm and likely suffered a concussion. She underwent surgery Tuesday and does not remember what happened, Sanchez said.
Sanchez said his brother, Ruben, went through a difficult divorce from Guerra about a year ago, but no one expected violence.
The teenage sisters lived in the Mesa home together, but Sanchez said it was unclear why the parents were at the house at the time.
‘How do you say love your children? How do you say that,’ Sanchez said. ‘Love your kids. Think twice.’
A friend of Andrea established a GoFundMe page to collect donations for the family’s funerals and her friend’s medical expenses.
Neighbors gathered outside the Arizona home where police found Ruben Sanchez, 51, his ex-wife, Ana Guerra, 49, and Amy Sanchez, 18, dead with apparent gunshot wounds
Police responded to a call of shots fired in Mesa after they were alerted by a 12-year-old girl who fled to the home of neighbors Monday