Thursday, January 31, 2013
"ELMONT, NY — According to police, 58-year-old Audley Dennis fatally shot his wife, 46-year-old Karen Rodgers-Dennis, before shooting himself on Monday night in their home in Elmont.
"Sources say that the couple’s teenage son raised concern after not being able to enter the house. The home was apparently bolted from the inside, so he went to a neighbor’s house to call the police. After arriving, authorities then forced their way into the home, where they found the couple.
"Although police did not initially identify who the shooter was during the incident, it is now believed that Audley was the one who committed the crime. Karen, an attorney, was found with several gunshot wounds to her torso, while Audley died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.
"Neighbors say the couple had been frequently arguing recently. Many close friends and family members believe it was due to Karen’s recent weight loss and increased social life. Police had been to the house on domestic disturbance calls over the years, but the most recent call was about five years ago.
"Audley and Karen had been married for over 20 years and leave behind three children."
"WALDORF, MD — On Jan. 29 at 8:21 p.m., officers responded to a house in the 3100 block of Heartleaf Lane in Waldorf for the report of a possible shooting. The caller, who lives elsewhere, said she received information from a relative who indicated she had just shot her husband.
"When officers arrived, they made entry into the house and discovered a male and female with gunshot wounds. The male, 68, was flown to a hospital and admitted in critical condition. The female, Linda Lindsey, 64, was pronounced dead on the scene; a firearm was recovered by her side.
"The motive for the shooting remains under investigation but the case is an apparent attempted murder and suicide. Det. G. Higgs is investigating."
"PHOENIX, AZ — A man believed to be the suspect in a fatal Phoenix office shooting that killed one man and wounded a prominent Phoenix lawyer, has been found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said on Thursday.
"Arthur Douglas Harmon, 70, was suspected of opening fire in an office building in central Phoenix on Wednesday following a legal mediation meeting, before fleeing in a car.
"Phoenix police said officers in the Mesa suburb had located the suspect's Kia Optima sedan and "an individual matching the suspect description nearby with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound."
"Harmon had opened fire following a morning meeting involving a legal dispute. Police identified the fatal victim as Steve Singer, 48. Law firm Osborn Maledon confirmed that litigator Mark Hummels—who is president of the Federal Bar Association's Phoenix chapter—was also wounded.
"Police said the two men may have been the gunman's intended victims. A third victim, a woman, was not believed to have been intentionally targeted."
From the Chicago Tribune...
"OXNARD, CA — Three people are dead in what witnesses are telling authorities is a possible murder/suicide in Oxnard.
"At about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, police in Oxnard received a shots fired call in the 1200 block of Hull Place. They discovered the bodies of two women—one in her 20s and the other in her 40s. One woman was found inside the home, one just outside the home.
"About 30 minutes later, police received a call of a shots fired in the 200 block of Marquita, about 3-4 miles from the original crime scene. They found a male deceased at the location in his backyard.
"Witnesses told police the three victims were related.
"Police are questioning family members.
"Homicide detective Luis McArthur said `We are looking at the relationship between the victims and the gunman. We believe both incidents are related to one other.`
"Officials have not yet defined the relationship between the alleged gunman and the victims but told Branson the public did not have to worry about an at-large suspect."
From CBS LA...
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
"LAS VEGAS, NV — Police in Las Vegas say three people have died and a fourth person was critically injured in an apparent shooting at a home on La Stromba St.
"Homicide Lt. Ray Steiber [said] that it appeared that the two men and two women were related and all four had been shot in what appeared to be a murder/suicide attempt. One man was injured.
"Police were summoned to the home Tuesday by a neighbor who reported hearing gunshots. Officers found the bodies inside the home.
"Steiber says he didn't believe there were outstanding suspects but the investigation is ongoing.
"A neighbor, Karen Javier, says a family of four, including two adult children, lives in the home. Javier's son, Andrew Newkirk, says he was the one who heard gunshots and called police."
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
"BOSSIER CITY, LA — Bossier City Police have released the names of the husband and wife involved in an apparent murder-suicide Monday at their Bossier residence.
"Police say Roy Mitchell, 86, and Margaret Mitchell, 84, were found just before 10 a.m. by a family member who arrived at the home and found them unresponsive inside. The incident occurred in the 2400 block of Belmont Boulevard.
"Based on information and evidence collected at the scene, detectives with the BCPD Violent Crimes Unit say the incident appears to be a case of murder-suicide.
"Detectives say Roy Mitchell shot and killed his wife with a handgun before shooting himself. Detectives recovered a weapon at the scene.
"Bossier City Police are continuing their investigation into the shootings."
"PARSIPPANY, NJ — A former Caldwell police officer committed suicide and his wife was murdered in their family home on Monday, according to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.
"Acting Prosecutor Frederic Knapp released a statement Tuesday evening that said Rosaria Andraka, 43, died of gunshot wounds that were inflicted upon her and that Chester Andraka, 46, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"The findings were made following an investigation and autopsies conducted by the Morris County Medical Examiner, according to the statement, which did not say that Chester Andraka had killed his wife. No one in the prosecutor’s office could be reached Tuesday evening to specifically address that but police have not said they are looking for any suspects in the case.
"Parsippany police went to the couple’s Medford Road home after receiving a call at 10:01 a.m. on Monday that Chester Andraka had failed to show up for work.
"When officers went to the yellow and white split-level home, all the doors were locked but a body could be seen on a couch inside the home through a window. Officers then forcibly entered the home and found both bodies in the family room."
"ANNAPOLIS, MD — A woman who was critically injured by her estranged husband recently sought a protective order against him in Anne Arundel District Court, but it was denied.
"Early Monday, police say 60-year-old Calvin Cofield shot 43-year-old Tracy Lyn West of Crownsville before killing himself.
"West filed a motion seeking a protective order against Cofield on Dec. 31. Cofield was scheduled to appear in court in March for violating the order. He also filed a protective order against West. The temporary protective orders were then dismissed by a judge on Jan. 8.
"West filed for divorce against Cofield last week.
"Police said the shooting happened at West's workplace. The Washington Post later reported that it happened at the newspaper's Annapolis distribution center. West is a newspaper carrier."
"KELLER, TX — A Keller couple who may have been dead for a week were discovered by authorities Sunday afternoon in what was apparently a murder/suicide in their home, authorities said Monday.
"Two large dogs also were found shot to death on the couple's bed, Keller police said.
"The identities of the husband and wife, who police say were in their 60s, have not been released pending notification of relatives.
"Responding to a welfare check call, Keller police arrived at the home about 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the 1500 block of Chase Oaks Drive.
"`The house was secured,` said Keller police Lt. Brenda Slovak on Monday. `Officers could detect a smell and forced their way into the home.`
"Police found the couple in a bed along with the two dogs. The man had a gun in his hand and authorities found a note, Slovak said. Police did not release any information from the note.
"Based on evidence found at the scene, investigators believe that the shooting may have happened Jan. 17. A restaurant receipt dated Jan. 17 was discovered in the residence, police said."
Sunday, January 27, 2013
"CENTER TOWNSHIP, PA — A Butler County man shot his girlfriend to death while she was moving out before killing himself, state police said on Saturday.
"Dean V. Clawson, 49, shot Sonja Kummer, 45, outside their Brown Road, Center, home about 1:40 a.m. Saturday, Trooper Gesuele Burello said.
"Neighbors heard a commotion at the house and called state police, Burello said. When police arrived, they found Kummer on the ground dead of three shotgun wounds. Police said when they went into the home, they found Clawson dead of a self-inflicted wound from a shotgun. Their deaths were ruled a murder-suicide by the Butler County Coroner’s Office.
"The pair apparently argued before the shootings, Burello said, and it appeared that Kummer was taking some belongings to her car before leaving the home. Police did not know what prompted the argument, Burello said. There was no one else at the home at the time of the shootings."
Friday, January 25, 2013
"MADISON, WI — Jennifer Boyce and Bernard Grosso were to have been in court on Friday to officially end their marriage. Instead, their lives ended before they ever got to the courthouse as a result of what Madison police categorized as a domestic-related murder/suicide.
"Police discovered the body of Boyce, 31, Thursday morning at her apartment on Madison's Far East Side. That led police to look at her estranged husband, Grosso, 34, who was found dead Thursday night of an apparent gunshot wound when police searched his home at 3802 Atwood Ave.
"The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office had not officially identified the two victims or determined the causes of death as of Friday afternoon.
"`Certainly, we can speculate that this pending divorce hearing may have played a part in the motive,` Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said. `But we'll never know that for sure.`
"Boyce and Grosso, who were married in 2008 in St. Louis, had filed for divorce last March. She moved into her apartment in July.
"DeSpain said the couple had no record of domestic violence.
"Boyce's stepmother, Dixie Boyce of Ballwin, Mo., said there was no indication of physical violence in their relationship. She said Grosso `had hurt her very badly psychologically` before she left him, but `Jennifer said that he wouldn't hurt her.`"
From the State Journal...
"LAVEEN, AZ — Authorities have confirmed two people found dead at a home near 67th and Southern avenues in the south Valley were victims of a murder-suicide.
"Maricopa County Sheriff's Department spokesman Joaquin Enriquez said the homeowners, and parents to one of the victims, called 911 after hearing shots being fired from the guest home behind their house.
"Deputies said when they arrived to the home, someone shot at them. Enriquez said the two deputies did not return fire, but instead called for help and began evacuating nearby homes for safety.
"Enriquez told reporters nearly two dozen SWAT team officers were called to help set up a perimeter around the house.
"`There were 8 to 10 homes evacuated and reverse 911 calls were made to others telling them to stay inside,` said Enriquez.
"When the gunfire settled, deputies found two people, a man and a woman, dead inside the home.
"While family members knew there was a gun in the home, the shooting left them stunned.
"Enriquez said investigators are not releasing the victim's names pending notification of next of kin."
"TAMPA, FL — Their children were in school when it happened.
"At about 9 a.m. Thursday, deputies say, Pedro Mendoza, 42, shot his estranged wife, police dispatcher Deanna Mendoza, 34, and then turned the gun on himself.
"It happened in a black car parked in the driveway of their home at 8361 Galewood Circle.
"She was sitting in the driver's seat, and Pedro Mendoza got in the passenger's seat. At some point, Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies say, he shot her.
"Then he climbed into the back seat and shot himself.
"The couple, who married in 2010, had not been getting along for a while, neighbors say. Deanna Mendoza had moved out of their home, and neighbors say the pair often argued.
"Some said they believe the fights were about their children. They both had children, though none in common, deputies say.
"Still, several who know the couple said they never saw the pair's fights become physical.
"`It's not like him at all,` said neighbor Janel Delgado."
Thursday, January 24, 2013
"MONITOR TOWNSHIP, MI — Police have confirmed the identities of two people found dead in Monitor Township, saying they appear to be the victims of a murder-suicide.
"The bodies of Robert R. Burt, 51, and Michelle L. Pischel, 48, were discovered in their home at 1018 E. Midland Road around 3:38 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, said Bay County Sheriff John E. Miller.
"`They were engaged to be married,` Miller said. `We suspect it was a murder-suicide at this time, although we’re still investigating.`
"He added that the Michigan State Police Crime Lab responded to the scene and seized evidence.
"`There may be a suicide note, we’re not sure,` Miller said. `It appears he shot her, then shot himself. It appears there may be some medical reasons for it. We have an autopsy to deal with, and we’ll know more after that.`
"Burt used a .380 handgun in the incident, Miller said.
"`It happened sometime during the day, probably early in the day yesterday,` the sheriff said. `One of the victim’s kids found them.`"
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
"KANSAS CITY, MO — A 93-year-old Kansas City man has been charged with killing his 95-year-old wife in what investigators are calling a homicide and attempted suicide.
"The Jackson County prosecutor filed the second-degree murder charge Wednesday against Harry Irwin, who remained hospitalized with self-inflicted stab wounds in his chest.
"Police have not said how Grace Irwin died. Paramedics who were called to the couple's home around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday found her in bed, with blood on her head.
"A paramedic told police Harry Irwin was unresponsive in a chair, with blood on his shirt and arms. The paramedic says Irwin regained consciousness and said he had killed his wife and himself, then asked, `Why am I awake?`
"Neighbors said the wife had been in poor health. The couple's children and grandchildren visited them often."
"THOMASVILLE, GA — Thomasville police are on the scene of an attempted murder turned suicide at Southwest Georgia Dialysis Facility on Old Albany Road, according to Lt. Eric Hampton.
"The incident happened around 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Lt. Hampton says that a woman, now identified as Loretha Threadcraft, ran inside and locked herself in a bathroom. Shortly after, a man, now identified as Leonard Threadcraft, entered the building and began firing shots toward the bathroom.
"Lt. Hampton say the man then walked outside and shot himself. He was discovered dead on scene.
"Police say the incident happened in an area of the facility where there weren't any patients, but there were employees and patients inside the building.
"Lt. Hampton says he's unsure of the relationship between the two people involved, but they believe it is a possible domestic violence situation.
"Police have not commented on the condition of the woman."
"HOISINGTON, KS — Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide north of Hoisington on Tuesday evening.
"According to a press release from the Barton County Sheriff's Office, officers were called to a rural residence in the 1600 block of NE 20 Ave. at around 8:30 PM by a juvenile who stated shots had been fired. Officers arrived at the single farm residence and found two bodies. The juvenile was hiding in a closet and unharmed.
"The bodies were identified by the Barton County Coroner's Office as 35-year-old Justin Heggemeier and his wife, 39-year-old Michelle Heggemeier.
"Both lived at the rural location and a preliminary investigation indicates the woman was shot at close range and the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"The incident is under investigation."
"WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, PA — State police in Chambersburg said they are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that happened about 5 p.m. Tuesday in Washington Township near the Maryland line.
"Investigators said John Fleagle, 50, shot and killed his wife, 45-year-old Cathy Fleagle, in their home with a handgun.
"John Fleagle also shot and injured Cathy Fleagle's son, 18-year-old Mitchell Robinson, in the arm then Fleagle shot himself, state police said. Her son called 911.
"Washington Township police asked state police to investigate the incident because the Fleagles were affiliated with the department.
"John Fleagle was a former Washington Township police officer and a fire chief. Cathy Fleagle was an office administrator for the department.
"State police said they do not know what John Fleagle's motive was for the shootings."
Monday, January 21, 2013
"WARWICK, RI — Police are investigating two deaths in Warwick as a murder-suicide.
"The victims were identified as 52-year-old William Liebrich and his wife 50-year-old Colleen Liebrich.
"Officers found them in their home at 161 Armstrong Ave. Both residents were found in bed with gunshot wounds.
"Police responded to the house after receiving a 911 hang up call just after midnight.
"Based on information at the scene, investigators said William Liebrich made the call and then shot his wife while she was in bed before turning the gun on himself.
"Investigators said William Liebrich left a suicide note.
"Autopsies will be performed to confirm the cause of the death of the victims.
"According to the Warwick Fire Department, William Liebrich became a firefighter in 1988 and retired in 2004. He was one of the Warwick fire inspectors for the Fire Inspection Bureau. Colleen Liebrich used to own a local salon.
"Family members [said] that Colleen Liebrich was battling a diseased pancreas over the past 15 years, and that her condition worsened over the past few months."
"PARK HILLS, MO — Police are investigating what they are calling a murder suicide after two men were found dead in Park Hills.
"Authorities said officers were called to an address on Rivermines Street around 2:05 a.m. in reference to a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, a white male, identified as Joseph Lee Gillam, 22, was found lying in the driveway of the home.
"A second male was found lying near a parked SUV in the driveway. He has been identified as Billy Jo Edwards, 30.
"Officers learned from witnesses that an altercation had occurred between Gillam and Edwards. The altercation reportedly began inside the residence then moved outside. Once outside, police believe Gillam shot Edwards with a handgun before turning the gun on himself."
"LIBERTY TWP, OH — A man fatally shot himself at his home early today after shooting his girlfriend during a domestic dispute.
"Deputies were called to the home of James A. Crego, 42, at 4397 Seldom Seen Road in Liberty Township about 1:35 a.m., Delaware County Sheriff Russ Martin said.
"Crego and his girlfriend were arguing when he shot her in the back outside the house as she ran away, Martin said. She ran to a neighboring house to seek help and call authorities.
"Deputies and sheriff’s office SWAT members surrounded the house and attempted to contact Crego but received no response, Martin said.
"Crego’s body was spotted outside the house several hours later as dawn approached. Deputies had been unable to see his body due to the darkness, Martin said. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the sheriff said.
"His girlfriend, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries."
From the Columbus Dispatch...
"BOULDER CITY, NV — A Las Vegas Metro Police officer apparently shot himself after killing his wife and child and setting their Boulder City home on fire, authorities said Monday afternoon.
"Henderson Police spokesman Keith Paul said the tragedy unfurled this morning at about 8:20 a.m. when a man called 911, confessed that he had shot his wife and child and said he planned to shoot himself, too. The caller also warned the emergency dispatchers he would shoot any police officer sent to try to stop him.
"Paul said Boulder City Police officers arrived within moments of the 911 call to a burning house in the 1300 block of Esther Drive. There, a man armed with a handgun stepped outside the front door of the house. He ignored officers' commands to put down the gun and re-entered the burning home. Shortly afterwards, Paul said, police believe he shot himself.
"SWAT units from the Henderson and North Las Vegas police departments also responded and went door to door to neighboring homes, asking residents to evacuate the scene.
"Firefighters extinguished the fire, and the three bodies—including one of a `little boy`—have been recovered, Paul said. He said the two deceased adults were the primary homeowners, but he would not offer details about what caused the three deaths. The Clark County Coroner will release those details after autopsies are completed."
Source: Las Vegas Sun...
Sunday, January 20, 2013
"GRAPEVINE, TX — An argument between an estranged couple at a home in Grapevine late Saturday night ended in what police said appears to have been a murder/suicide.
"Police were called to the residence in the 3100 block of Creekview Drive just after 10 p.m.
"The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office identified the dead as 43-year-old Kelly Suckla and 44-year-old Kristi Suckla, both Euless residents.
"Kelly Suckla was pronounced dead in front of the home; Kristi Suckla died about 40 minues later at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine.
"`The male victim had what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head,` police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling said in a written statement.
"Eberling said witnesses told investigators that Kelly Suckla came to the Grapevine residence and began arguing with his estranged wife. Gunshots were heard, and the witnesses went outside to find that both had been shot."
"TEQUESTA, FL — A man who frequently visited his wife at a Tequesta nursing home for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients shot her to death Friday, then fatally shot himself, according to police.
"The shootings happened about 4 p.m. at Clare Bridge of Tequesta, located at 211 Village Blvd.
"The couple have not been identified, but police said they were in their 70s or 80s. Police confirmed the couple’s relationship after speaking to their daughter, said Tequesta Police Department spokesman Lt. Jason Turner. The couple’s daughter told police that they had known each other since childhood and there were no apparent signs of marital trouble.
"The man lived in Palm City and was a frequent visitor to the Clare Bridge facility, Turner said. Martin County Sheriff’s deputies checked the Palm City residence but did not find anything related to the shooting, Turner said. The man had recently been released from a rehabilitation facility after spending about 12 weeks being treated for a medical condition, according to police.
"The couple’s daughter told police that her father was in high spirits when she spoke to him recently and gave no indication that he was having any problems, Turner said."
From The Palm Beach Post...
"PHILADELPHIA, PA — Philadelphia police say two men were found shot dead Friday evening in a South Philadelphia home.
"Police say they found the bodies just before 6 p.m. at a home on the 600 block of Fitzgerald Street.
"Authorities say the discovery was made by the mother of one of the victims, who lives across the street. She went to the home and found the bodies of the victims on the 2nd floor.
"The first victim, a 44-year-old man, was reportedly found in the hallway with a gunshot wound to his head. The second victim, a 53-year-old man, was reportedly found inside the bedroom with a gunshot wound to his chest. Both were pronounced dead shortly after 6 p.m.
"Sources say police recovered a gun at the scene next to the 44-year-old victim. An autopsy will be performed to determine if that gun was involved in the shooting.
"According to neighbors, the two men were roommates who they say got along very well. Neighbors add they can not imagine what could have gone wrong here.
"Police say while preliminary this appears to be a murder-suicide, they are still investigating."
From CBS Philly...
Thursday, January 17, 2013
"LAFAYETTE, IN — Lafayette police have released details about the night two men were killed by gunfire after a chase from an IHOP parking lot—and have officially determined it to be a murder-suicide.
"Late last Thursday night, police were called to the Lafayette IHOP on State Road 26 in response to a man being held against his will. After a chase and exchanged shots, a pickup truck with two dead men inside was wedged into a home.
"According to Lafayette police, a friend of 62-year-old Brook, Ind., man Ray Hershman called 911 that night and said Hershman was being held against his will at gunpoint in the IHOP parking lot by homeless man 46-year-old Steven Keith Moseley.
"Officers were dispatched to the restaurant, where they found a pool of blood and no vehicle. Investigators later determined one shot was fired by Moseley in the parking lot, which entered Hershman's right knee and traveled through his left ankle, hitting a major artery.
"After more officers showed up and began searching for the pickup truck in question, the truck was spotted behind the businesses behind Park East Boulevard behind Walmart on State Road 26.
"The truck was on Park East when Lafayette police officers Donna Gregorash and Adam Mellady spotted the truck. The truck turned out and headed west on Park East Boulevard.
"Gregorash and Mellady pulled their cars into a blocking formation without actually blocking the road, which requires official shift command permission to do.
"The officers blinded Moseley with their spotlights and Moseley started shooting and driving at them. That’s when Gregorash fired off three shots toward the pickup.
"One shot hit the windshield and wipers, one hit the door and one casing was never found, but police believe none of the bullets hit Moseley.
"A Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s deputy was situated behind all this action when Moseley took off in the pickup, headed through the two LPD cars, and sped away. The deputy followed the pickup around to Kettle Circle.
"The pursuit lasted roughly 30 seconds until Moseley stopped the truck, fired a shot inside the cab. The car then accelerated into a home on Kettle Circle.
"Police believe this last bit was Moseley committing suicide, going limp and hitting the accelerator."
"SANDY SPRINGS, GA — A woman and her two children were found shot to death late Wednesday afternoon in Sandy Springs, and police are investigating the possibility that it is a murder-suicide.
"`All three were dead from gunshot wounds to the head,` Sandy Springs police spokesman Capt. Steve Rose said. `We found the gun near the male victim.`
"The three have been identified as Mr. Edith Renner, 85, of Sandy Springs, Mr. Charles Renner IV, 45, of Kennesaw, and Ms. Suzanne Marie Renner, 49, of Sandy Springs, police said.
"The investigation unfolded shortly before 4 p.m. when one of the son’s co-workers found the bodies and called 911, Capt. Rose said.
"The co-worker went in search for Mr. Renner at his Cobb County home when he didn’t show up for a morning meeting, Capt. Rose said.
"Mr. Renner’s wife told him that her husband frequently checked on his mother in Sandy Springs.
"The co-worker showed up at the home at 52 Brandon Ridge NE and, possibly through the large bay window in the front, saw one of the victims, Capt. Rose said.
"Mother and son were sitting in separate chairs in the living room with gunshot wounds to their heads, the captain said.
"The daughter was outside on the back porch, also dead from a gunshot wound to the head."
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
"ST LOUIS, MO — A part-time student strode into the office of a longtime administrator at a downtown St. Louis business school Tuesday and shot the man in the chest, creating panic in the school before turning the gun on himself, police said.
"Both men were in surgery Tuesday afternoon at Saint Louis University Hospital. Police Chief Sam Dotson said he was optimistic both would survive, but a hospital spokesman declined to discuss their conditions.
"Police did not identify either man, but Dotson said the administrator was a longtime employee in his late 40s. He said the suspect had been attending Stevens Institute of Business & Arts off and on for four years and had no history of threats or violence.
"Dotson said police arrived to find a `chaotic` scene with many students running out of the five-story historic building in the downtown loft district of St. Louis. About 40 to 50 people were in the building when gunfire broke out, and police evacuated them before starting a floor-by-floor search with tactical teams and dogs.
"They found the administrator, who had been shot in his fourth-floor office, near an elevator, Dotson said. Officers found the suspect in a stairwell between the third and fourth floors, he said. Police found a handgun, but a spokeswoman wasn't sure where.
"The motive wasn't clear, but Dotson said the shooter apparently sought out the victim.
"`This did not appear to be random,` Dotson said. `It appeared to be targeted.`"
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
"NEW BAVARIA, OH — The Henry County Sheriff's Office received a call of a suspicious vehicle at 10:36 Monday morning on county road 16-a in New Bavaria.
"After responding to the scene, they discovered two deceased bodies in the vehicle.
"In the front seat, they found 47-year-old Timothy Brown. In the back seat was his daughter, 10-year-old Alexandra Brown. They were both dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
"The license plate of the Buick vehicle and the drivers license of Timothy Brown were both registered to Manastee County in Florida.
"The Manastee County, FL Sheriff's Department was able to shed some light on a possible motive in the case.
"`They filled us in on some possible custody issues that they had down there between him and his former wife,` says Henry County Sheriff Michael Bodenbender.
"Bodenbender says Timothy Brown does have family ties to New Bavaria, but was told Brown had not made contact with them, so they don't know how long he's been here.
"He says the family had no idea he was even here, and can provide police with little information."
Monday, January 14, 2013
"WILLSBURG, KY — A Kentucky woman was apparently shot and killed by her son-in-law who police say also took his own life.
"At around 10:30 Sunday night, dispatchers received a frantic phone call from a 17-year-old who had just run from the house where police believe his step father killed his grandmother.
"Phyllis Tarter, 58, lived with her grandsons, daughter Debbie and son in law in a Willisburg home.
"Debbie says her husband, William Woodford, 52, was drinking Sunday night and became abusive. Tarter called police 15 minutes before she was shot, worried for her daughter's life not her own
"Family members say Tarter tried to distract her son-in-law, but the 58-year-old became the victim herself allowing her daughter and grandson to escape. Police arrived at the home and tried to make contact with Woodford for about five hours. At about 3:30am they entered the home and found the 52-year-old with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police will rely on the autopsy to confirm whether the shooting was a murder suicide."
"GREENVILLE, NC — Detectives with Greenville police and the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office are investigating what they believe to be a possible murder-suicide.
"In a press release from Greenville police, deputies with the Sheriff’s Office investigated what appeared to be a possible suicide from a gunshot wound to the head, reported shortly after 3 p.m. on Abott Farm Road in Pitt County. The victim in that case is said to be 48-year-old Clennie Carmon.
"Officials say deputies went to 209-B Alice Drive in Greenville to check on the welfare of Carmon’s reported girlfriend, Angentte Daniels, and did not get a response. Officers got a key from family members around 9 p.m. Sunday and found Daniels dead in the living room, according to the release.
"Investigators say the woman died a violent death.
"Greenville police have named Carmon as the suspect in the death investigation. While they noted Carmon died from a gunshot wound, police said it was not clear what killed Daniels. Police say it's possible Daniels may have died Saturday."
Sunday, January 13, 2013
"ADELANTO, CA — After getting into a domestic dispute, a man shot his wife and then himself Friday morning at a bus stop in front of several witnesses, including children, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Victor Valley station Sgt. Todd Newton.
"The Crime Impact Team responded to a bus stop on Chamberlaine Way near Jonathan Street moments after the shooting took place around 11:20 a.m., Newton said.
"According to witnesses, Daveon Stubblefield, 29, and Ashante Stubblefield, 23, both of Adelanto, got into a heated argument. Daveon Stubblefield pulled out a gun, shooting his wife and them himself immediately afterwards. There were three other people, along with children, in the area, Newton said.
"They were both pronounced dead around 11:30 a.m., with the husband passing moments before his wife, according to Newton.
"San Bernardino County Fire officials along with medical personnel also responded to the scene."
Source: Victor Valley Daily Press...
"MORROW, GA — A man and woman were found shot to death inside a Clayton County home. And police on Saturday said their deaths resulted from a murder/suicide.
"But it’s unclear what prompted the deadly shooting and who called police. Police also have not released their relationship, only confirming that the two lived together.
"They have identified the man and woman as Mr. Rene Vasquez, 38, and Ms. Mayra Martines, 45, Clayton County police spokesman Officer Phong Nguyen said Saturday.
"Officers responded to the home at 7:10 a.m. Friday after getting a call about a `person down` at the home on Victoria Drive.
"They found the man dead in the garage, Officer Nguyen said. And while searching the home to see if anyone else was inside injured, they found the woman deceased in an upstairs bedroom, Officer Nguyen said.
"So far, no details have been released on the circumstances of the shooting. But police believe the man shot the woman and then himself. It's also unclear when the shooting happened."
Saturday, January 12, 2013
"MADISONVILLE, KY — At approximately 8:30 Friday morning, Hopkins County Sheriffs, Kentucky State Police, and Medical Center Ambulance Service responded to calls that a man had been shot by his wife at a residence on Forest Acres Loop in Madisonville.
"Witnesses [told reporters] that a female had shot her husband multiple times. The man was immediately transported to Baptist Health for treatment, and the female remained in their residence at 1862 Forest Acres Loop, refusing Sheriff’s Deputies’ requests for her to come out.
"At 8:54, Sheriffs forced their way into the rear door of the home. A short time later, it was reported that she had suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.
"The couple wasn’t known for arguing or causing disturbances, and the incident took the neighborhood by surprise."
Friday, January 11, 2013
"BIRMINGHAM, AL — Birmingham police have released the identities of two people involved in a possible murder-suicide on Thursday.
"Police say Charisse Hearns and Dorlean Pate, both of Birmingham, died at a home in the 1300 block of Americana Drive in the Echo Highlands community.
"Officers were called to the home around 7 p.m. to investigate a report that two people were dead. Officers located two victims inside the home and Birmingham Fire and Rescue pronounced both dead at the scene.
"Police believe the deaths stemmed from a domestic dispute and the incident is isolated. It's being investigated as a murder-suicide."
"LUBBOCK, TX — Tina Mckee lives next door to Dustin McLelland and his family and was shocked Wednesday to hear the news that Dustin had been killed that evening. The 22-year old was gunned down in his driveway just before 5 p.m. at the 4300 block of 60th St.
"According to McKee, Dustin's older sister had a past relationship with the shooter, David Castaneda. He had been harassing her for some time and it all came to a head yesterday afternoon when Castaneda tried to run McLelland's sister off the road. She ran a red light and nearly hit someone while swerving to avoid Castaneda. By the time she returned safely home, he was in her driveway beating on another car.
"McKee describes how Lupe McLelland, the victim's mother ran outside to confront Castaneda when he pointed a gun at her. Dustin McLelland rushed outside to protect his mom and sister when Castaneda shot him. He fired ten shots leaving McLelland bloody in the street.
"Police report that after shooting McLelland, Castaneda drove several blocks away and committed suicide in front of the Christ the King Catholic Church. His mother found a suicide note at his residence at the Omni Apartments and contacted police, but by that time, it was too late.
"The investigation is still underway."
"LITTLE ELM, TX — Domestic violence claimed the life of two people in Little Elm. The victim's family said it was a murder-suicide.
"Family members said 33-year-old Bethany Shafer was with her estranged husband, 38-year-old Robert Shaffer, signing divorce papers in her father's Little Elm home Thursday night.
"They were in the dining room while others were in the kitchen.
"`All of a sudden we heard pop, pop. And Dave ran out of the kitchen and saw them and just screamed, 'Oh my God. Oh my God. No. No.' She was… she was a very hard worker, very conscientious and an excellent, excellent mother. And she adored that boy. He just loved her,` said Ellen Ward, Bethany's stepmother.
"Family members said Robert was upset over the divorce. The couple disagreed over who should raise their young son.
"Police said they've gathered evidence that shows the shooting was premeditated."
"MEMPHIS, TN — Memphis police were dispatched to the 1800 block of Parnassus Wednesday evening at what they preliminarily called an attempted murder-suicide between two neighbors.
"Officers found two shooting victims shortly after 9:20 p.m.
"Officers located 61-year-old Robert Lumpkin and a male, 46, lying in the front yard with apparent gunshot wounds.
"Police say the victim and the shooter are neighbors.
"Mr. Lumpkin was pronounced deceased on the scene while the other victim was taken to The MED in `extremely critical condition.`
"Mr. Lumpkin reportedly confronted his neighbor due to an alleged affair between Lumpkin's wife and the neighbor, police said. Mr. Lumpkin shot his neighbor several times and then turned the gun on himself.
"The second shooting victim was upgraded to critical condition."
Thursday, January 10, 2013
"SOMERSET, KY — The parents of a Somerset man who died in a car wreck last week were found dead in an apparent murder/suicide Wednesday.
"The Pulaski County sheriff's office said Billy Eugene Baugh, 54, and his wife, Shirley Baugh, 53, were found dead at their home on 141 Edwards Road in Somerset about two hours before their son's funeral services.
"The Baughs' son, Clarence Baugh, 27, died Jan. 6 when the car he was driving ran off the road in Lincoln County and overturned into a creek. State police said alcohol was suspected to be a factor.
"`Family members told investigators that Billy and Shirley were having trouble coping with their son's death and that may have contributed to today's shooting incident,` the sheriff's office said in a news release.
"Sheriff's department investigators ruled that Billy Baugh apparently shot his wife with a handgun before turning the gun on himself. Their bodies were found by a family member who had stopped by about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Lt. Brett Whitaker said.
"Clarence Baugh's visitation was held Tuesday night. Funeral services for were scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday at Southern Oaks Funeral Home in Somerset."
"WILMINGTON, DE — A woman was found dead and a man was left hurt in what New Castle County Police say appears to have been a murder-suicide attempt inside a suburban home Wednesday afternoon.
"In a strange twist, the home on the 200 block of Beau Tree Drive was also the location of a failed murder-suicide attempt in the fall of 2011.
"County Police arrived at the scene of the double shooting just after 4 p.m. They found a 50-year-old woman dead and a 31-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.
"On Thursday, Tim Tabor identified the dead woman as his wife Suzette. He said that Suzette, 50, had befriended the homeowner, Nino Sciglitano, 31, becoming a surrogate mother-type to the man after Sciglitano's mother tried to kill his father in the same home.
"Police say that Donna Sciglitano shot her 59-year-old husband, also named Nino, before attempting to kill herself in September 2011. Donna Sciglitano, who police say had nothing to do with Wednesday's incident, is awaiting sentencing after pleading no contest to second-degree murder.
"Police said they weren't sure who the shooter was in Wednesday's incident. Nino Jr. was taken to the hospital in critical condition with a chest wound.
"Suzette Tabor and Nino Sciglitano Jr. were no strangers to police. The duo was arrested for crack cocaine possession at a hotel in May of last year."
From NBC10 Philadelphia...
"GREENSBORO, NC — Greensboro police are investigating a grisly murder-suicide in which a mother shot her children, killing her teenage son, before turning the gun on herself.
"Police said that Sandra Lyn Palmer, 47, shot her boyfriend, daughter, and son on Monday night following a domestic dispute.
"Palmer appears to have pepper-sprayed her boyfriend, Maurice Eugene Edmonds, incapacitating him, before shooting her daughter, Danielle Imani Jameison, 18, and son Maurice Edmonds II, 14, with a handgun.
"Edmonds the elder was shot trying to take the gun away from Palmer, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. He then ran from the house for help and collapsed outside.
"Palmer went into another room and shot herself with a second gun after the first gun jammed, Greensboro police chief Ken Miller said in a news conference Tuesday night.
"`It defies explanation why somebody would do what was done in this case,` Miller said."
From the Huffington Post...
"CAMBRIDGE, OH — A man fatally shot his 5-year-old son and then killed himself at his Guernsey County home today, the Guernsey County Sheriff’s office said.
"The sheriff’s office went to the home just outside Cambridge shortly before 4 p.m. yesterday to check on Russell J. Ball, 36, because the office was told he had threatened to harm himself.
"Guernsey County land records show that Ball owned the property at 60043 Piedmont Rd.
"Deputies forced their way into Ball’s locked house and discovered Ball and his 5-year-old son dead. It is believed that Ball fatally shot his son and then shot himself with the same weapon, the sheriff’s release said.
"The son’s name was Jacob Russell Ball, according to state birth records."
Source: Columbus Dispatch...
UPDATE:01/10/2013 — Dad was depressed, unemployed...
Monday, January 7, 2013
"PALM BAY, FL — Palm Bay police say a man who allegedly shot and killed his mother and then himself was apparently upset over the death of his father and a fight with his pregnant girlfriend.
"Keith Jay, 29, allegedly shot and killed his mother, Ruth Jay, 54, before taking his own life, Palm Bay police spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez said. The incident occurred within 24 hours of a dispute between Keith Jay and his pregnant girlfriend, she said.
"Officials said the murder-suicide occurred early Saturday at the family’s home in the 100 block of Certosa Avenue NE.
"`He was upset over the anniversary of his dad’s death,` Martinez said, adding that witnesses said Keith Jay had been drinking much of the day before the shootings. Martinez said Keith Jay got into an argument with his girlfriend, who police did not identify the woman because she is a victim of domestic violence.
"`He did have an argument with her,` she said. `He beat her pretty severely.`
"The woman, who is expected to recover, went to get help from a neighbor and did not know about the murder-suicide when police contacted her, Martinez said.
"The shootings were reported at the home about 1 a.m. Saturday, police Sgt. Jesse Eakins said. Certosa Avenue is a residential street just northwest of the intersection of Malabar Road and Emerson Drive.
"According to an initial investigation report, Jay had threatened suicide before."
"SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Two men found dead Friday in a Salt Lake City home were the victims of a murder-suicide, the Medical Examiner’s Office has determined.
"Police said the 70-year-old man shot and killed his domestic partner, a 67-year-old man, before taking his own life in the living room of a home at 1011 S. 400 East.
"Sgt. Shawn Josephson said police are withholding both men’s names until their next of kin can be notified.
"He said police aren’t sure how long the pair had been dead before their bodies were discovered during a welfare check after a hospice worker was unable to contact them Friday morning. The two men were last seen alive Wednesday.
"The slaying marked the city’s first homicide of 2013.
"Josephson said police aren’t certain what prompted the murder-suicide. No note was left, and he said police have never responded to the home before.
"`I don’t think we’re ever going to be able to determine what motivated that person to pull the trigger,` he said.
"He said both men suffered from significant health problems."
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune...
"AUBURN, CA — Auburn police said one man is dead and another is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds after an argument on Sunday.
"Placer County sheriff's deputies said they received multiple calls just before 4 a.m. from people who heard gunshots coming from a home on Bald Hill Road in Auburn.
"Deputies said they found a man with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head at the home.
"Sheriff's officials were then called to Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, where a man who drove himself to the hospital had multiple gunshot wounds.
"Deputies are still investigating, but said the men were likely involved in an altercation.
"The man found dead in the Bald Hill home is believed to have shot the other man while he was in his car, sheriff's officials said.
"The Bald Hill resident then called 911 and family members to report the shooting. Police said the man shot himself after making the calls.
"The victim at the hospital had surgery and is expected to survive."
Saturday, January 5, 2013
"SHAFTER, CA — Circumstances surrounding the murder-suicide of an elderly couple in Shafter reveal a touching love story.
"`Johnie and Claudine are perhaps one of the most loving couples I have ever met in my life,` said their church pastor Mike Polley.
"Whether out at events or at home, Johnie and Claudine Saulsbury were always side by side, unable to go without at least slightly touching each other.
"Neighbors and the couple's pastor say every afternoon they would walk hand in hand around the neighborhood.
"`They told me it was because they had to hold each other up and I saw the look in their eyes and they just needed to be together. They loved each other desperately,` said Polley.
"So desperately that Johnnie said he wanted them to die together.
"And they did.
"Thursday morning, a relative went to check on Johnie and Claudine at their home in Shafter and found them dead inside.
"Shafter police say Johnie had stabbed Claudine to death and then hanged himself in the garage."
"HOPKINSVILLE, KY — Parents and their adult son were all found dead Saturday morning in Hopkinsville in what police are calling a murder-suicide. The investigation continues in determining who pulled the trigger and what went wrong.
"`The initial call came out as three people shot,` Hopkinsville Police Sergeant Kyle Spurlin said.
"Around 9:45 Saturday morning, Hopkinsville Police rushed to 309 Hillaire Drive.
"`We heard sirens. Police started pulling up, pulling rifles out of their cars,` neighbor John Kelly explained.
`"We weren't for sure if there might be people still inside the house that is still currently shooting,` Spurlin said, `or if somebody was injured inside the house.`
"A family member came to the house, made a gruesome discovery and called police. A short time later, all three people found inside were pronounced dead. Police say the son, who was in his mid 40's, lived with his elderly parents. Two dogs were taken away by animal control, one with a gunshot wound to its face. Both are expected to recover.
"Neighbors were shocked by the news and said they saw the elderly man often.
"`You don't meet people like that today. Nobody lends you a hand or whatever, and he would,` Kelly said.
"`Sweet loving man taking care of his family,` Josette Kelly added.
"Police believe the shooting happened earlier Saturday morning and investigators are not alone in wondering what went terribly wrong."
"SENECA, SC — A passing driver called 911 Saturday morning to report two people lying dead in the front yard of a home on 220 Steve Nix Road near Seneca.
"Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said investigators believe the deaths of a woman and man were the result of a murder/suicide.
"One victim was Gwendolyn D. Hiott, 58, said Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis. She appears to have died as the result of a gunshot wound to the chest, Addis said.
"The other victim was James Wesley Foxx, 50. He appears to have died as the result of a gunshot wound to the head, Addis said.
"A handgun was found lying near Foxx’s body, Addis said.
"The shooting is believed to have happened shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday, Addis said. The bodies were discovered around 7:40 a.m.
"Foxx and Hiott lived together; they were not married but were in a relationship, Addis said.
"Several family members live in the area, according to officials and neighbors.
"The home had been a safe place for more than a dozen cats, some that lived indoors and some that did not, and several dogs.
"After other investigators had documented the home and gathered evidence, animal control officials worked Saturday to corral the cats, from outside and inside the home, into more than a dozen travel cages."
Friday, January 4, 2013
"OCALA, FL — Marion County homicide detectives are trying to determine what led to the fatal shooting of a 6-month-old baby. The incident happened around 11 a.m. Friday in a home at 4836 NW 45th Court in Ocala.
"Family members had called 911 to report that 20-year-old Melanie Reyes had posted a statement on her Facebook page indicated she was going to shoot her child and herself. When deputies arrived, they found Reyes and her baby, Jonah Mendoza, 6 months, with gunshot wounds.
"Both were transported to the hospital. The baby died from his injuries and Reyes remains in critical condition.
"Detectives are interviewing neighbors and family members to gather more information about what happened before the shooting. A handgun was recovered from the home and detectives are confident it was the gun used by Reyes in the shooting. No one else was at the house at the time."
Thursday, January 3, 2013
"HAYDEN, ID — The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department is investigating a murder/suicide in Hayden, Idaho.
"Lieutenant Stu Miller with the sheriff's department said that a man called 9-1-1 Thursday morning around 11 a.m. and told authorities he had just shot his wife and was going to shoot himself.
"When deputies arrived at the man's residence, located in the 900 block of West Sheridan Avenue near Reed Road, they heard a single shot from the home.
"Deputies went inside and found two people dead inside the residence. The victim, a woman in her 40s, was found dead in the living room from an apparent gunshot wound, while the husband, also in his 40s, was found in a back room.
"The husband appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"The couple was identified by authorities Thursday afternoon as Daryl Clark, 43, and his wife Tina Clark, 48. Their family has been notified. They leave behind an 11-year-old son, who was not at home at the time of the shootings Thursday morning."
"ORANGE PARK, FL — The Clay County Sheriff's Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide where an adult male and an adult female were found deceased inside an apartment.
"CCSO deputies responded to The Cottages of Oakleaf at 3750 Silver Bluff Boulevard around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to a release from CCSO spokesperson Mary Justino.
"A roommate found Zachary Robert Johns, 23, and Kayla Marie Beynon, 23, deceased inside their apartment.
"Detectives believe the murder-suicide was committed by Johns, who they say shot Beynon and then turned the gun on himself. The couple had an altercation, which detectives say led to the shooting.
"No one else was in the apartment when the shooting happened. The couple, who were not married, had one child in common, Justino said. Beynon also had another child. The children were with grandparents when the incident happened."
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
"LAS VEGAS, NV — A man suspected of murder in San Antonio, Texas, is dead this morning of a self-inflicted gunshot wound outside the Super 8 Motel near Koval and Flamingo, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
"U.S. Marshals had tracked the man, who they called a high-profile murder suspect, to the hotel and contacted him at 10:30 a.m., according to officials. The suspect pulled out a handgun and took off before shooting himself.
"According to [news reports], the suspect is 34-year-old Narada K'fonse Goodrum. He was accused of killing his wife Cynthia Goodrum at her San Antonio home on Dec. 27.
"Records show Cynthia Goodrum, who was 4 months pregnant, had filed for divorce the day before she was killed and had filed a temporary restraining order against her husband.
"Metro officers say there was only one gunshot. No police or marshals used a weapon."
"HOUSTON, TX — Two women are dead following an apparent murder-suicide in east Houston Tuesday afternoon.
"Houston police say a 23-year-old woman who shared a home on 8706 Wiggins with her 30-year-old partner called 911 around 5:45pm to report a domestic disturbance. The 30-year-old had a gun, she said, and they were having a fight.
"By the time police arrived, it was too late.
"`Prior to the police arrival to the scene, one of the residents here wound up killing and shooting the other and then shooting and killing themselves,` reported Sgt. Robert Blain with the Houston Police Department.
"Both neighbors and family members with whom we spoke said the two women had lived in the home together for years. Police couldn't say whether there had been prior domestic disturbances there."