US man kills 2 broth­ers, mom, sis­ter-in-law, self

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY RYAN VAN VELZER

A man who had been in a busi­ness dis­pute with his two broth­ers shot and killed them, his mother and one of their wives be­fore tak­ing his own life, Phoenix po­lice said Fri­day.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the shooter as Driss Di­aed­dinn, 50, and the vic­tims as Reda Di­aed­dinn, Dodi Fayed, Kenza Ben­za­k­our and Meriem Ben Yahia rang­ing in ages be­tween 26 and 76 years old. The fam­ily had ori­gins in Morocco, Sgt. Trent Crump said.

Di­aed­dinn’s wife fled the twos­tory Phoenix home with chil­dren ages 3 years and 10 months old when the gun­fire broke out Thurs­day af­ter­noon, Crump said. His sis­ter, who was hid­ing in­side, came out later while an elite po­lice team sur­rounded the home.

The three broth­ers ran a com­pany that of­fered cars for hire and a restau­rant, Crump said Fri­day. There had been an on­go­ing dis­pute about the busi­ness, and one brother opened fire, he said.

The two broth­ers were shot on the home’s first floor, Crump said. The man then shot his mother as she came down the stairs, con­tin­ued up­stairs and killed an­other woman, and then went into a bed­room and shot him­self.

A neigh­bor, Scott Pol­lack, de­scribed the fam­ily as quiet and re­spect­ful. He said their em­ploy- ees would sit in­side com­pany ve­hi­cles be­side his home and await driv­ing jobs on week­ends in the res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood in north Phoenix. “They didn’t make a lot of ruckus,” he said, adding, the shoot­ing “just blew our minds.”

Pol­lack watched from an up­stairs win­dow as a po­lice SWAT team sur­rounded his neigh­bor’s home. Sev­eral SWAT of­fi­cers broke the glass of a back pa­tio door to en­ter the home af­ter about a half hour.

Sev­eral po­lice vans and a mo­bile com­mand cen­ter lined the block Fri­day morn­ing as au­thor­i­ties re­moved five bod­ies and bags con­tain­ing ev­i­dence.

One pis­tol was Crump said.

The broth­ers had ap­par­ently lived in Phoenix for at least sev­eral years. But some of the vic­tims were vis­it­ing from out of the coun­try, and po­lice were work­ing with con­sular of­fi­cers to no­tify their fam­i­lies.

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AP

Mem­bers of a clean­ing crew place one of sev­eral bags of ma­te­rial into a bin af­ter re­moval from a home a day af­ter five peo­ple were killed in a shoot­ing in­side in Phoenix, Ari­zona on Fri­day, April 17.

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