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Neighbors say 15-year-old accused of killing father was known as a problem child

A West Valley community is coming together after police say a 15-year-old shot his parents. The father died due to a gunshot wound to the head.

People who knew the 15-year-old say he was known to be a problem child.

Neighbor Alexander Stewart often works in the quiet subdivision known as "The Lakes” and he tells News 3, “I am in shock! I really am, I think it is terrible."

Stewart tells us he heard of the gun battle that happened between a mother and son at this house off of West Sahara Avenue and South Fort Apache Road, Thursday morning.

“I do not know what is going on with today's youth. It is just terrible how they are so desensitized and have no respect,” Stewart says.

Police say the 15-year-old son shot his father in the head inside the family garage. The boy then shot his mother in the stomach inside their home.

The mother returned fire with another gun and hit her son near his groin area.

Neighbors identified the couple as Warren and Michele Spielmann. 53-year-old Warren Spielmann died at the family’s home.

Paul Snyder has lived in the neighborhood for close to 20 years and says he has never witnessed anything like this.

“What are you going to say nowadays. A couple days after Santa Fe, and then some of these school shootings. I mean I wonder what is going on,” Synder says.

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Friends of the family describe the teen as a problem child who had serious anger issues.

Snyder wonders how the 15-year-old got a hold of a gun.

“How did the mother get the gun? How did they have multiple guns in the house and did they lock them up, that is the thing I did not understand at all? ” Synder asked.

Neighbors tell us the Spielmann’s owned a jewelry store.

People close to Michelle Spielmann say just last week she mentioned her frustrations concerning her 15-year-old son.

Stewart says it is a shame that a mother had to shoot her own son.

“She probably has seen him as a threat, and he was probably going to kill her. Unfortunately, she had to take matters into her own hands. It is a horrific tragedy,” Stewart says.

The 15-year-old is believed to be in police custody.

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