Phoenix Workplace Shooter Sentenced to Life in Prison; Meth-Head Transient Killed Former Friends in '07

A drug-addled transient who shot and killed two former buddies in their office back in 2004 will serve the rest of his life in prison.

Howard Colin Fisk, 38, received two sentences of life in prison today, court officials said. The former Scottsdale resident pleaded guilty to the double murder last month following years of legal wrangling.

Victims Paul Chait and Martin Garcia had known Fisk for years; they graduated from Chapparal High School together in 1989.

The son of a Valley doctor, Fisk used to drive a Porsche to school. But he turned to drugs and scared his family so much that they took out orders of protection against him a few months before the shootings, says a 2004 article from the East Valley Tribune.

Chait's brother told a radio station that Fisk was ticked off at the men because they had complained about his frequent use of meth.

Early on a Tuesday morning, an armed Fisk entered the Paradise Lane Office Building, 16042 N. 32nd Street, where the victims worked together as shipping brokers. Fisk shot them as they sat at their desks. Two days later, he was arrested in New Mexico with blood on his shoes.

Chait left behind a wife and an 18-month-old son.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.