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Valley shootings: Phoenix and Scottsdale homicides 'related'; investigating new scene

PD: Phoenix & Scottsdale shootings are 'related'
Posted at 12:38 PM, Jun 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-03 00:42:38-04

Police are confirming that multiple deadly shootings that occurred in Phoenix and Scottsdale over the past two days are related — including the murder of prominent forensic psychiatrist Steven Pitt at his Phoenix office and a double shooting at a law office near Old Town Scottsdale.

On Thursday evening, police were called to an office complex near 71st Street and Bell Road and found a 59-year-old "critically wounded." The victim, later identified as Steven Pitt, died of his injuries.

The suspect left the scene of the shooting involving Pitt and an arrest has not been made, however, officials have released a sketch of the suspect.

A day later, officers responded to the law firm Burt, Feldman, Grenier in Scottsdale at 1st and 75th streets near Civic Center Library after receiving reports of a double shooting.

Officials say 48-year-old Veleria Sharp and 49-year-old Laura Anderson were both shot and died of their injuries. 

When officers first arrived at that scene, a woman who had been shot in the head ran outside an told a limo bus driver to call 911. She later died of her injuries at the hospital, authorities said.

The second woman was found dead inside the law office, police said.

Both women were paralegals for the law office. As of Friday, no arrests were made in connection with the shooting, however, detectives reportedly said they have an idea of who the shooter is but are not releasing a name at this time.

The law firm released the following statement regarding their deaths:

Elizabeth, Sandra and Marykay are shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific events that transpired Friday. 

Laura has worked with us as family for more than ten years. Her intellect, passion and friendship has meant more to us than we can even begin to convey. She was more than a coworker, she was a friend, a mother, grandmother, daughter and wife and gave all of herself to her family, her friends and her work. 

Veleria was a treasured member of our work family.  She brought joy, calmness, warmth and compassion to all that she did. She was a dedicated mother, wife and daughter.  She and her family shared a deep passion for music and their faith.  

Our hearts are heavy for their families at this time.  We are assisting the Scottsdale Police Department as they work to solve this horrible murder.  We thank everyone for their concern and ask that you give us and their families privacy as we mourn these losses.

On Saturday, police responded to an office complex near in Scottsdale Mountain View and Hayden roads after receiving reports of a homicide. 

ABC15 News at the scene confirmed that there is at least one victim, however, no information surrounding that person's death has been released.

A Phoenix police spokesperson says both the Phoenix and Scottsdale police departments will be "working closely" on these investigations moving forward but did not provide any new details.

Anyone with information regarding the deaths of Pitt, Sharp or Anderson is urged to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. 

Authorities on Saturday increased the reward for this case up to $11,000 leading to an arrest. An additional reward of $10,000 may be earned after a conviction courtesy of the ATF, which brings the potential reward up to $21,000. Callers may remain anonymous. 

Stay with ABC15 News, ABC15 Mobile and abc15.com for the latest information on this developing situation.