Tapes of a 911 call from a teenage girl just before her stepfather burst into her bedroom to shoot her and her brother Wednesday provide a chilling insight into a north Scottsdale bloodbath.
In the recording, released Friday, Meggie Le, 17, tells the dispatcher in an almost plaintive voice that someone in her home has a gun.
Yelling can be heard in the background as the increasingly panicky girl exclaims, “It’s my stepdad, please hurry!”
The line then abruptly goes dead.
Police say 54-year-old Lee Howe had burst into the room and shot Meggie Le repeatedly, inflicting mortal wounds. Her brother, Richard Le, 18, who ran to her room after being attacked also was shot but managed to escape.
A few moments later, Richard Le returned to the home where police believe he may have stabbed his stepfather to death.
Howe had already killed their mother, 44-year-old Catherine Howe, before attacking the children.
Meggie Le died Friday in Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn hospital.
Richard Le was released Friday from Osborn. Hospital spokeswoman Lenore Portante said earlier that “He’s doing very well and he will be discharged today.”
Le’s co-workers are rallying for him.
Steve Dragovitch, general manager of Eddie V’s restaurant in the DC Ranch marketplace, said Le has asked his friends not to discuss his ordeal.
“Anything Richard might need, the company’s here for him,” Dragovitch said.
At a nearby Safeway grocery store, where Le also worked in the deli, his co-workers have put out jars asking for donations to cover funeral expenses.
It is still unclear as to why Howe, armed with at least one handgun, attacked his family in the $1.2 million house at 8383 E. Nightingale Star Drive, in the gated Cortona subdivision, nearly four miles southeast of Carefree.
On Friday afternoon, a single bouquet of pink flowers was propped against the home’s mailbox near a clump of police tape, the only sign of a memorial at the house.
Most of the activity in the neighborhood involved investigators walking in and out of the home.
At one point, officers took two black cases into a police van.
Other investigators were arriving at and leaving the crime scene.
Police outside the home said an animal control vehicle also had been there that morning.
A few cars slowed as they passed the house, passengers gazing at the police tape before continuing on their way.