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Phoenix Shooting Homicide Cases

Father Tries to Kills Son in Shooting Incident

Phoenix Police are constantly busy with shooting cases. This time one happened near 52nd Street and Bell Road.

The reports say that the police said that the dispute happened between a father and his adult son. How sad is that? Police say that the eighty-one year old father, Michael Zukoski  sadly shot his own son in the back and then shot himself.

According to reports, the officers arrived on the scene of the heartbreaking scene at around 7:35 a.m. that is when they found the son, a forty-nine year old male who had been wounded with a gunshot wound. They were able to get him to the hospital, where is still in serious condition.

The father, Zukoski, was also found at the scene by officers. He was found with an apparent “self-inflicted” gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Family Killed in Shooting Incident

When you think of family you usually think of happy, loving togetherness. However, that’s not always the case. Sadly, one family got the surprise that no one would ever want.

Five family members are sadly dead after the son, opened fire at their house. The house was located near 51st Avenue and Cactus Road. According to the Phoenix Police, the son was killed by officers.

Police said that a man and woman were sadly found already dead at the scene. There were also two girls found. One in her teens and then a six year old little girl. The six year old had to be transported to a local hospital for treatment. Luckily both girls were expected to make a recovery.

According to the reports, the police had to fatally shoot the shooter after a confrontation inside of the home.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said that the man and woman who died were the shooter’s parents, Vic and Kimberly Buckner. The girls were Kaitlin and Emma. The shooter was later identified as twenty-six year old, Alex Buckner.

At first Crump said that the shooter had killed himself but later confirmed that the shooter was actually killed by the police officers.

Crump’s Statement:

I’m not sure if it was an exchange of fire, but that ended the confrontation.

The neighbors had to be interviewed by the local police after the shootings were reported and hearing an argument just thirty minutes before the police were called to the house.

One of the people that were injured were one of the ones who called 911 just before 5 a.m. The caller said that a family member was firing at the other family members.


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