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911 calls reveal chaotic scene at Wake Forest shooting

Posted March 27, 2016
Updated March 28, 2016

— Wake Forest police have released the 911 calls from a shooting that left three people dead Friday evening.

Several calls that came in during the incident indicate that it was a chaotic scene and quite a few people got involved to try to help.

Jon Frederick Sander, 52, of 5917 Clearsprings Dr., Wake Forest, was arrested and charged with murder after authorities said he walked into his neighbors’ house and shot and killed three people.

The victims were identified as Sandy Mazzella, 47, Stephanie Mazzella, 43, and Elaine Toby Mazzella, 76.

In one of the 911 calls shortly after the shooting, the caller tells the dispatcher a man ran to her car to ask her to call police because a man just shot his wife and daughter-in-law. The caller said the man flagged her down on the road and asked her to call for help because his phone was not working.

The caller then starts talking to the man, who tried to get in her car and claimed the suspect would kill him too.

In another call that came from inside the home at 5907 Clearsprings Drive where the shooting happened, a young caller tells the dispatcher that her neighbor had gone crazy and shot her parents while she was locked in her room. The dispatcher keeps the child on the phone until deputies arrived.

"My neighbor went crazy. Come here right now or we're going to die," the child told the dispatcher. "You need to bring backup because he is dangerous."

A relative who called 911 said that Sander burst into the home and shot her sister, brother-in-law, and mother-in-law.

"They're lying on the floor right now. Bring everybody here now. It's bad. It's really bad," the caller said.

Sandy Mazzella was the president of Advanced Mowing and Landscaping Inc., and he was business partners with Sander. The shooting may have stemmed from an earlier dispute between the neighbors, officials said. Deputies responded to the homes of the two parties around 9 a.m. on Friday.

Sander was previously charged with communicating threats toward the Mazzellas in February. The 52-year-old threatened to "put them in a box," according to arrest warrants. Sander was due in court April 1 for the charges last month.

According to court documents, Sandy Mazzella was charged with misdemeanor stalking on March 3, with an offense date of Feb. 27; the complaint was filed by Lori Botti, president of Advance Patio and Landscape Inc. Stephanie Mazzella was the vice president of the company.

Botti and Sander were also co-plantiffs in a case suing Sandy Mazzella for "money owed," totaling less than $10,000 on March 2, according to court document.


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  • Johnathan Gault Mar 28, 2016
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    Yeah, everybody issuing complaints against each other. John Walsh is salivating over having this episode on "American Justice."

  • Max Smirenny Mar 28, 2016
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    Crazy stuff!