Girls, 4 and 5, killed by father in murder-suicide in Phoenix

A family of three is dead after what police are calling a murder-suicide in Tolleson.

PHOENIX, Ariz. - A man and two young girls are dead in an apparent murder-suicide in a neighborhood near 91st Avenue and Broadway Road.

Officers with the Phoenix Police Department responded to calls of shots fired about 10 p.m. Sunday.

Witnesses led them to the house, and when officers entered, they found a man, 36, and two young girls, ages 4 and 5.

The man and the 5-year-old girl were dead on scene. The 4-year-old girl was taken to the hospital where she later died.

Sgt. Mercedes Fortune with Phoenix PD said it appears the man took the lives of the victims before taking his own.

The children's mother had also called police earlier Sunday, asking for a welfare check on the children. She does not live there and was not present at the time of the shootings. 

Two other people who live in the house and were there during the incident were questioned by police.

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