Thursday, April 5, 2012
"JEFFERSONVILLE, IN — Two young children are without a mother after police said she shot her 8-year-old daughter before shooting and killing herself. It all happened while the woman’s 10-year-old son was just down the hall.
"`This place was swamped. Ambulance, police, the fire department were all here,` a neighbor said describing the scene at 6 a.m. at the Hallmark Jeffersonville Apartments.
"That man’s neighbor, 35-year-old Melissa Combs, shot her 8-year-old daughter,police said, then turned the gun on herself, taking her own life.
"Police said the son witnessed the shootings.
"`He was the 911 caller. He heard the gunshots and he was the one who called us to the scene,` Jeffersonville Police Det. Todd Hollis said.
"When officers arrived, they said they found the Combs' body and the injured girl.
"`It’s nothing short of miraculous that she's able to speak with officers. She didn't even know at the time that she had been shot,` Hollis said.
"The girl was rushed to Kosair Children's Hospital where she underwent surgery. She is reported to be in stable condition and is expected to recover from her injuries."