Sunday, June 30, 2013
"VICTORVILLE, CA — Sheriff's Homicide detectives are investigating a murder/suicide that claimed the lives of tho Victorville brothers early Sunday morning, official said.
"Ladetric Jenkins, 34, is suspected of shooting and killing his older brother, Dennis Jenkins, 40, at a home in the 13200 block of Crossroads Court shortly after 4 a.m., according to San Bernardino County Sheriff's officials.
"Deputies received a call of a suicidal man at a home in the cul de sac near Luna Road and Mesa Linda Avenue around 4:15 a.m., according to a sheriff's news release.
"Deputies searched the home and first found Ladetric Jenkins on the ground and injured. They later found Dennis Jenkins inside the home. Both men were suffering from gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead at the scene.
"Through an investigation, it was learned the brothers had become involved in an argument which reportedly led to the younger sibling fatally shooting his older brother, sheriff's officials said. Ladetric Jenkins then turned the gun on himself.
"It's not clear the brothers both lived at the Crossroads Court address, Randy Naquin spokesman for the sheriff's department said Sunday."
From The Sun...
"AUGUSTA, GA — Richmond County deputies are currently investigating an apparent murder/suicide.
"Sunday deputies responded to shots on 3521 Crawfordville Dr. around 1:30 a.m.
"When they arrived at the scene they found the bodies of 37-year old Angela Lee and 34-year-old Timothy Lee of Augusta.
"Authorities learned the two had an argument resulting in the man shooting the woman. They say he then turned the weapon on himself.
"Both died of gunshot wounds, according to the Richmond County Coroners Office.
"Autopsies to be performed in Augusta at the GBI Crime Lab on Tuesday."
Saturday, June 29, 2013
"FLINT, MI — Flint police say two people are dead after an apparent homicide-suicide that occurred Friday, June 28, on the city's east side.
"Police were dispatched around 6 p.m. Friday, June 28, to 3231 Leith Street to investigate a possible dead-on-arrival.
"Flint police then discovered a 64-year-old man and a 27-year-old man dead as the result of an apparent homicide-suicide, according to a police report. Police say both men died from gunshot wounds.
"Police have not released the identity of either of the victims. Investigation remains ongoing."
"ST. LOUIS, MO — A man with a history of domestic violence fatally shot his wife and their 3-year-old son before killing himself in their south St. Louis home, police said.
"Police said the 35-year-old man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His wife, 26, and child were shot multiple times. Their names have not yet been released.
"The victims were discovered by their landlord inside a home in the 3400 block of Tennessee about 10:44 a.m. today.
"Police said the man had been charged in May for hitting his wife with a tire iron and was wanted in that attack. The couple and their son had just moved into the home on Tennessee three days ago.
"The man worked for the landlord cutting lawns and when he didn't show up for work Saturday the landlord went to the home and found the bodies, police said."
"RUTHERFORDTON, NC — Authorities were investigating a murder/suicide Friday in Rutherford County.
"Deputies with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office said they were called to a home on 479 Weeks Road after shots were fired.
"Investigators said a man and a woman were found dead inside the home in what appeared to be a murder/suicide.
"Authorities have identified the deceased as Robert and Janie Stone.
"Investigators said Janie Stone and a friend had gone out earlier to celebrate Stone's 50th birthday. Deputies said the friend was at the couple's home when an argument broke out between the Stones. Investigators said Robert Stone fired at Janie before turning the gun on himself.
"Deputies said the friend was not injured but was taken to Rutherford Regional for evaluation.
"The shooting was alcohol-related, according to authorities."
Thursday, June 27, 2013
"JACKSON, OH — Preliminary autopsy results indicate a 12-year-old boy shot his 9-year-old half brother and then shot himself at their grandparents' home in southern Ohio, the county coroner said Thursday.
"Each boy had a gunshot wound to the head, Jackson County coroner Dr. Gregory P Hawker, told media outlets. It's unclear whether the first shooting was an accident.
"Jackson City Police identified the boys as Austin Wiseman and his younger sibling, Blake Campbell. Police said they lived at their grandparents' home, where the shootings occurred Wednesday in an upstairs bedroom. Investigators don't believe anyone else was involved in their deaths.
"Authorities have said that the grandparents were away at the time of the deaths, and that a .44-caliber handgun was recovered."
"GAINESVILLE, GA — A man and woman were found dead this morning at a residence in South Hall County in what appears to be a murder/suicide, according to Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.
"Hall County Coroner Marion Merck identified the deceased as Hank Tanner, 60, and Ginger Tanner, 54.
"The call came in just before 10 a.m. from a neighbor who, at the request of a family member, went to check the home in the 4000 block of Wynwood Drive in the Poplar Springs Road area. The neighbor found the home open.
"The couple were found dead from gunshot wounds, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
"Wilbanks said the investigation so far indicates the incident is `domestic related and appears to be a murder/suicide.`
"This case remains under investigation by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Division.
"Hank Tanner was an active member of the Gainesville Rotary Club, inducted in 1997, and had most recently served as the club’s webmaster.
"According to a LinkedIn page that appeared to belong to him, Tanner was president of the National Business Brokers Inc. in Gainesville."
"WAXAHACHIE, TX — Police are investigating a murder/suicide that left a Waxahachie couple dead over the weekend.
"Witnesses say Pete Ledesma barricaded himself in a Ferris Avenue home on Saturday night before killing his girlfriend, 32-year-old Natalie Toney.
"Ledesma, 27, then shot himself as his brother, who heard the first shot, tried to force his way into the bedroom. Several other family members were at the home during the shooting.
"Both Ledesma and Toney died at the scene. It’s unclear whether the couple had a history of domestic violence."
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
"ST PETER, MN — Officials with the St. Peter Police Department have confirmed the identities of a man and a woman killed Monday evening in an apparent murder/suicide.
"The medical examiner has identified the woman as Jacquelyn Marie Johnson, 48, of St. Peter. The man was identified as Joel Bruce Reineke, 53, of Kasota.
"On Monday at about 5:35 p.m., officers were dispatched to 601 S. Front St. in St. Peter for an unknown medical emergency, responding to a call made by a family member, according St. Peter Police Chief Matthew Peters.
"When police arrived, they discovered the bodies of Johnson and Reineke. It was apparent that the two had died from violent trauma, police said.
"A preliminary investigation into the deaths indicates that Johnson was shot by the Reineke before he turned the shotgun on himself, police said in a statement. Preliminary autopsy results confirm the deaths to have been a murder/suicide."
Source: St. Peter Herald...
"PEYTON, CO — Two women have been found dead inside a home in Peyton and authorities say a man who fled the scene died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound while being chased.
"El Paso County deputies said the two women were found dead on Monday after they were called to investigate a shooting.
"According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the suspect fled in a vehicle and crashed in nearby Lincoln County while being chased by authorities. Investigators say the man shot himself after the crash."
"LAWRENCE, IN — Lawrence police were investigating a murder/suicide at the Salem Courthouse Apartments Tuesday morning.
"Police received a call for help shortly after 4:15 a.m. Tuesday. Police say the call came from inside the apartment and most likely came from one of the children.
"A short time later, medics were called to the scene on a report of an injured person.
"Investigators at the scene confirm two people, a husband and wife are dead. They are Jeff and Shelley Nelson, 31.
"The woman was found dead inside one of the apartments
"The man was found dead in a nearby wooded area of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police say husband was the apartment complex's maintenance man.
"Two teens, both 15, suffered head injuries in the incident and police say are doing OK.
"They were taken to Community North Hospital.
"Three younger children, ages 5, 8, and 8, are being cared for by Child Protective Services personnel."
"FREEPORT, ME — Police say a father and son are dead in an apparent murder/suicide in Freeport.
"Police say the bodies of 66-year-old John Dorrington and his 32-year-old son, Nicholas Dorrington, were found Tuesday morning inside the family home on Route 136.
"State police spokesman Steve McCausland says the bodies were found in a bedroom by the father’s wife after she returned home from work. He says the son lived in the home with his parents.
"McCausland said the men died of gunshot wounds, and that it appears the father was responsible for the deaths. He says investigators are trying to determine what sparked the violence."
Monday, June 24, 2013
"ORANGE, CA — Jessica Gonzalez, who was being sought since Thursday for the fatal shooting of her life partner Jennifer Roberta Solorio in Orange, was shot to death by Santa Ana Police Sunday morning, according to friends and family. Loved ones believe the 35-year-old essentially committed suicide by cop, confronting two officers with a fake gun around 8 a.m. in an alley in the 800 block of South Townsend Street.
"The woman who was shot was pronounced dead at a local hospital and a gun recovered at the scene did not belong to officers, according to Santa Ana Police. Neither that agency nor the Orange Police Department confirmed this morning that the woman shot was Gonzalez or that the gun pointed at cops was fake.
"Gonzalez had been on the run since being accused of fatally shooting Solorio, her 44-year-old life partner, in their apartment complex in the 2000 block of East Palmyra Avenue in Orange Thursday afternoon. Solorio also died at a local hospital.
"A family member [said] Gonzalez had suffered years of abuse at the hands of Solorio, another claim police have not confirmed."
"LUBBOCK, TX — Three people are dead in what authorities are describing as a murder-suicide that stemmed from a domestic dispute.
"A man killed the mother of his child and another man early Sunday morning in the 1800 block of 114th Street.
"Lubbock County Sheriff’s deputies were asked to check the welfare of the woman after the shooter’s body was found at his mother’s home in the 4300 block of 42nd Street about 7:30 a.m., police said.
"The shooter’s body was found by a family member who called authorities.
"Investigators believe the man’s death was a suicide, but no suicide note was found, said sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Bryan Taylor.
"Lubbock police responded to the residence on 42nd Street and asked deputies to conduct a welfare check because the pair’s infant was in the house on 42nd Street.
"Police determined the mother had custody of the child and they were unable to reach her by phone, Taylor said.
"The name of the shooter and the two victims have not been released, pending identification by the medical examiner’s office. The infant is in protective custody, Taylor said.
"Investigators said the shooter went to the woman’s house in the early morning hours as part of a domestic dispute. Taylor said he did not go to the woman’s home to pick up the infant.
"Investigators have an idea of what transpired and they think they have determined the relationship between the woman and the second man. Taylor said more concrete details about the incidents will be released this week.
"`We haven’t really reconstructed the crime yet,` Taylor said.
"The couple had a history of domestic violence, Taylor said."
"MILWAUKEE, WI — A Milwaukee man shot his 6-year-old daughter to death and then committed suicide after fighting with the child's mother Sunday, police said.
"The couple, who have been together about eight years, got into a physical confrontation Sunday morning. The woman left the home, went to work and then stopped at Police District 4 to report the domestic violence after her work shift ended, Lt. Justin Carloni said.
"As soon as the woman reported the incident, officers were sent to the home near N. 51st St. and W. Fairmout Ave., arriving around noon. They found the home locked. When they entered they found the man and his daughter dead, each with one bullet wound.
"The father and daughter, whose names were not released pending notification of relatives, were pronounced dead at the scene.
"Neighbors operating a rummage sale across the street said they heard two gunshots around 11 a.m. Sunday. They said the family had lived at the one-story brown bungalow on N. 51st St. for about a year."
"CHICAGOE, IL — A man and woman were found dead in a downtown hotel Friday afternoon in an apparent murder/suicide, officials said.
"About 4:20 p.m. a 56-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman were found dead together in bed at 301 E. North Water St., according to Chicago Police Department News Affairs Office Veejay Zala.
"The two were identified by the Cook County medical examiner's office Saturday as James A. Wright Jr., of Milwaukee, Wis., and Kim Wright of Oconomowoc, Wis.
"An autopsy conducted today determined that James Wright was shot in the face in a homicide and Kim Wright died after shooting herself in the face in a suicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
"Two handguns were found next to the bed, and police initially believed both of the wounds appeared to be self-inflicted, Zala said.
"Police initially had classified the incident as a death investigation pending autopsy results, said Zala.
"The Sheraton Chicago Hotel is located at 301 E. North Water St. A spokeswoman for the hotel was not immediately available for comment."
Source: Chicago Tribune...
Thursday, June 20, 2013
"HOMOSASSA, FL — Citrus County deputies say they are investigating what appears to be a murder/suicide in the Sugarmill Woods area of Homosassa.
"It occurred Wednesday night around 9 p.m. at 52 Pine Street in Homosassa.
"According to deputies, they found Rose Geisert and Ernest Geisert on the bathroom floor with apparent gunshot wounds. Both were in their 80s. Deputies say they found a firearm under Ernest's body.
"Deputies on the scene say a friend who was already inside the residence helping one of the decedants from an apparent fall earlier heard muffled bangs which she thought was possibly Mrs. Geisert falling again.
"The friend, according to deputies, went into the bathroom to check on the couple and found them lying on the bathroom floor with a large amount of blood around them. She ran to the next door neighbor's house to call 911, deputies said.
"Investigators are waiting on the completion of the autopsies before they release any new information."
"LOUISVILLE, KY — Louisville Metro Police say the man who died in a quadruple shooting in a condo on Gardiner Lane killed his ex-girlfriend and the couple's daughter before turning the gun on himself.
"The Jefferson County Coroner's Office has identified the victims as Jillian Wood, 38, her daughter, Shelbi Stewart, 8, and the shooter, Gary Stewart, 40.
"Wood and Shelbi Stewart died from multiple gunshot wounds. Gary Stewart died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Lt. Todd Kessinger, commander of the LMPD Homicide Unit, said Gary Stewart also shot his mother before turning the gun on himself. The 60-year-old woman was being treated at University Hospital for what police are calling life-threatening injuries.
"Kessinger said the man's 12-year-old son and the boy's uncle ran from the scene in what police are calling a premeditated domestic incident."
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
"PEACHAM, VT — Two men are dead in a Peacham shooting that police said appears to be a murder/suicide.
"Police found the bodies at a home on Slack Street at which gunshots were reported Wednesday morning.
"A woman, Jeannie Peabody, 60, was unharmed.
"The victims are Mark Peabody, 50, and John Jackson, 59, Vermont State Police Detective Lt. Robert Cushing told reporters at a 5:20 p.m. news conference in St. Johnsbury.
"Jackson is Jeannie Peabody’s ex-husband, Cushing said, and Mark Peabody is her current spouse. Jackson and Jeannie Peabody had an ongoing dispute over child support payments and a pending court case, the detective said.
"`She’s distraught,` Cushing said. `She just lost her husband. We can all only imagine how she feels.`
"The detective said Jackson arrived at the Peabodys’ home Wednesday morning and drove up on the lawn, and Mark Peabody went outside to confront him. Jeannie Peabody heard three gunshots and hid in the basement. She then heard footsteps inside the house and fled to a neighbor’s home, where she called 911, Cushing said.
"State troopers and a tactical team went to the scene, where they found Mark Peabody shot to death in front of the house and Jackson dead inside of an apparent self-inflicted wound."
"PITTSBURGH, PA — Nicholas Starr, 24, has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after killing his ex-girlfriend, then turning the handgun on himself at a Reserve home, authorities said.
"Starr, of Pittsburgh's East End, died at Allegheny General Hospital late Tuesday night, the county medical examiner's office said.
"Police said he shot himself after shooting Alisha Virtue, 25, whose body they found in the bathroom of a home in the 3400 block of Spring Garden Avenue, a home she shared with her mother, sister and young son.
"Ms. Virtue died from a gunshot wound to the head, the medical examiner's office said in ruling her death a homicide.
"A neighbor said the couple had broken up Monday.
"Investigators said Ms. Virtue's mother, sister and son were not home at the time of the shooting. Police said the three left the house Tuesday morning and returned home around 5 p.m.
"When they entered the house, they heard the shower running upstairs and thought Ms. Virtue was getting ready for work. After several minutes, they went upstairs and pushed open the bathroom door to find Ms. Virtue's body in the shower and Starr slumped against the door, according to police.
"Police said they recovered a handgun at the scene."
"CLEAR LAKE, SD — A man shot and wounded two people before killing himself in the northeastern South Dakota city of Clear Lake, Attorney General Marty Jackley said Monday.
"Authorities were called to a home about 9 p.m. Sunday for a reported double shooting. Jackley said two people were flown to a hospital while the man alleged to have shot them, Brett Pommer, 40, barricaded himself inside the residence.
"Officers tried but failed to make contact with Pommer, and SWAT team members eventually entered the home and found Pommer dead of what Jackley said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Information on the other two people and their conditions was not immediately released."
"ALEXANDER CITY, AL — Alexander City Police now say the death investigation launched after the bodies of two people were found in a home was the result of a murder/suicide. It has taken nearly a week to identify the victims due to the fact that one of them was an undocumented immigrant.
"Alex City Police say this was the story of a relationship that went terribly bad. The girlfriend wanted her boyfriend to move out—he refused.
"Police say the incident happened at a home on Worthy Road, not far from downtown.
"A friend of one of the victims found the bodies at the couple's home after the woman failed to report to work for several days. The friend was unable to get inside the house, but after looking inside a window she saw feet sticking out from behind a bed and called police.
"Police say the female who didn't report to work, 32-year-old Windy Zarrable wanted to end the relationship with her boyfriend, 32-year-old Nerberto Torres.
"Investigators say it appears as Torres shot his girlfriend twice, then turned the 22 pistol on himself.
"It's taken nearly a week after the incident to identify Torres due to the face that he was an undocumented immigrant.
"Friends who knew the couple say both Torres and Zarrable worked in the manufacturing industry around Alexander City."
"PENNSAUKEN, NJ — A South Jersey doctor who filed for divorce last week, was shot to death in her office yesterday by her husband, who then killed himself.
"Dr. Michelle Liggio's staffers told police that the doctor's 58-year-old husband, Christopher, came to the office during the lunch hour and the couple started arguing.
"The husband confronted the doctor, employees told police, because Dr. Liggio, 47, had recently filed for divorce and the husband did not want to split up.
"Workers reported hearing the doctor plead, `No, no, no,` before they heard five gunshots. Employees inside the office ran outside at that point and someone called 911. A SWAT team responded to the doctor's office at 7665 Maple Avenue.
"Dr. Liggio was shot to death. Police say her husband then shot and killed himself.
"In the divorce complaint, which was filed last Thursday, Michelle Liggio cited Irreconcilable Differences as the reason for the split. She was asking for joint custody of the couple's two teenage boys, child support and alimony. Dr. Liggio was also asking to remain in the home while her husband found another place to live.
"Dr. Liggio ran a private, family practice.
"The Liggios, who lived in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, leave behind two children."
From NBC10 Philadelphia...
"OXNARD, CA — A man was rushed to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and another man was found dead on Sunday.
"It happened on the 4500 block of Syracuse Drive near Lincoln Court.
"Oxnard Police found a victim who was shot numerous times. He was taken to the Ventura County Medical Center for treatment. He's listen in stable condition and expected to survive.
"Officers learned of another male at the scene but was unsure if he was a suspect.
"The SWAT team was called in an homes evacuated.
"Police deployed a flash bang grenade to get the suspects attention, but there was no response.
"A K-9 and officer entered the home and found the body of an Oxnard man in his 30s."
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
"NORTH CHARLESTON, NC — A 26-year-old man who authorities say shot and killed a 34-year-old woman before taking his own life Tuesday morning was released from jail last month for allegedly assaulting the woman earlier this year.
"Peter Centil Williams was charged last month with second-degree criminal domestic violence in connection with an incident that happened in February where he is accused of punching Zakiya Lawson in the face.
"According to a police report, Williams was picked up on May 16 at the Berkeley County Jail, where he was locked up on another charge, and served an arrest warrant for criminal domestic violence.
"Court records state Williams was given a bond of $25,000 on May 17.
"Coroner Chris Nisbet said Williams shot and killed Lawson before he turned the gun on himself and took his own life Tuesday morning.
"According to North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor, police responded to a home in the 4600 block of Thoroughbred Drive around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of a domestic disturbance between Williams and Lawson, who both live at the home.
"Once at the scene, Pryor said officers were able to clear several people from inside of the residence.
"Nisbet said Lawson was running in and out of the door, shouting that "he had a gun." Nisbet said officers tried to get Lawson to say outside, but she kept going back in. Officers were also trying to call him out of the residence, according to the coroner.
"The female went back in once more, and when the officers were getting ready to breach the door, shots were heard from inside the home, according to Nisbet.
"Once inside, officers located Williams and Lawson.
"Nisbet said Lawson leaves behind seven children, five of whom were inside the home at the time of the shooting.
"The couple was not married, according to the coroner."
"GUN PLAIN TOWNSHIP, MI — Allegan County deputies say they found a man and a woman dead inside a home in Gun Plain Township Tuesday after what appears to be a murder/suicide.
"23-year-old Caussandra Pell and 24-year-old Robert Burnam-Pratt were found with gunshot wounds in a home they share on 10th Street just north of downtown Plainwell.
"All night police have been inside a house and talking to some of the neighbors who witnessed what led up to this.
"Deputies went there just after midnight after receiving a call that a man and woman who lived there could be heard fighting.
"When they arrived they found the couple already dead inside. They both were shot to death, a shotgun was near the bodies.
"Investigators say Burnham-Pratt likely shot Pell and then turned the gun on himself."
"HAVANA, IL — Authorities in Mason County believe the apparent murder-suicide at a rural Havana home Thursday afternoon was likely caused by issues stemming from an impending divorce.
"The evidence found at the scene and discovered during an autopsy suggests that Mark E. Hindahl, 63, shot his wife Julianne, 53, four times with a revolver before turning the gun on himself in the driveway of his residence at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.
"As of Friday, the Sheriff’s Office could confirm only that a 911 call had been received at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday reporting gunshots fired in the area of 19468 County Road North in rural Havana and that the Hindahls were found unresponsive at the residence and pronounced dead at the scene by Mason County Coroner Michael Hurley.
"Following a Friday autopsy that Hurley ordered, the Sheriff’s Office said Monday the Hindahls were indeed killed by gunshot wounds and that the evidence, according to Chief Deputy Paul Gann, points to the husband as the killer. Julianne Hindahl was shot four times and Mark Hindahl was shot once, the Sheriff’s Office statement said, and a revolver was found at the scene.
"According to the official statement, the two were found dead in the driveway to his residence.
"Issues stemming from the couple’s pending divorce are believed to have prompted the incident, according to the sheriff’s statement. Neither alcohol or drugs are suspected to have played a role in the incident, Gann said in an email Monday to the Daily Times.
"According to Gann, the couple had been living in two separate houses next door to each other.
"Online court records show Julianne filed for divorce Jan. 8."
"WASHINGTON, DC — A man shot and wounded a 74-year-old relative before turning the gun on himself Tuesday morning, D.C. police said.
"Officers were called to a home in the 500 block of Quincy Street NW, blocks from the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro station, for reports of a shooting just before 6 a.m.
"Police believe the 54-year-old man shot the older man and then shot himself in the head. The shooter was pronounced dead at the scene.
"The victim was conscious and breathing when he was taken to an area hospital. There is no word on his condition.
"Investigators are working to confirm how the two are related. Their names have not been released.
"Neighbors said they'd never had any trouble with the men.
"`Everyone in the neighborhood knew them,` said one resident. `Some of the newer neighbors are a little louder, but no violent complaints. I never even saw them argue that much, so I'm really shocked.`"
From NBC Washington...
Monday, June 17, 2013
"FALLS CHURCH, VA — Two people were found dead in a Fairfax County apartment Monday morning, and investigators say the deaths might be the result of a murder/suicide, Fairfax County police said.
"Officers were called to Skyline Towers, a high-rise in the 5500 block of Seminary Road, shortly before 10 a.m. Monday for a report of the sound of shots being fired, police said.
"When officers arrived, they found a man and woman dead in an apartment, police said.
"An initial investigation led detectives to believe the deaths were the result of a murder/suicide that was possibly domestic in nature, police said. Crime-scene technicians and detectives remain on the scene.
"The victims’ identities were not immediately released."
From the Washington Post...
"SWANSEA, MA — Two people are dead after a standoff situation that had a number of local and Massachusetts State Police officers in Swansea for more than three hours Sunday night.
"Witnesses reported hearing gunshots at 6 p.m. at a home on 375 Stephen French Road. When police arrived, they found Mitchell Stevenson, 37, of Tiverton, R.I., shot to death in a car. Witnesses told police the shooter went into the home.
"SWAT teams later found Christian Wilson, 43, dead inside the home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"There were no other people in the home at the time, and no one else was involved, according to police.
"The incident ended shortly before 10 p.m., with police vehicles exiting the scene."
"JACKSON, MS Jackson police are investigating what they believe to be a murder/suicide in south Jackson and have identified both victims.
"Few details are being released at this time, but Officer Colendula Green confirms one male and one female were discovered early Monday morning shot in a residence on 4360 Redwood Circle.
"Officer Green says the couple has been identified as Michael and Pamela Williams. It is believed that Pamela Williams shot her husband, Michael, before turning the gun on herself. Green adds that Michael Williams was a paraplegic.
"A motive for the shooting has not been released at this time."
Sunday, June 16, 2013
"NEW YORK, NY — A couple was found dead in an apparent murder-suicide in an Upper West Side building this morning — discovered by the slain woman’s teenage son, cops said.
"Police were called to the dwelling in the cheap single-room-occupancy building on Riverside Drive and West 94 Street around 11:45 a.m., cops said.
"Edwin Rodriguez,58, was found on a bed with a belt wrapped around his neck, and his girlfriend, Florenciana Martinez,44, was found nearby on the floor with trauma to her face, law-enforcement sources said.
"Martinez's 19-year-old son made the grisly discovery, the sources said.
"It was unclear what sparked the violence, and the Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death, cops said.
"Rodriguez was married to another woman but would spend time with Martinez at the UWS apartment, the sources said."
From the New York Post...
"CLEAR LAKE, MN — The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a husband and wife were found dead in a home near Becker.
"According to Sheriff Joel Brott, just before 1:30 p.m. Friday a call came into dispatchers from a woman claiming her friend was suicidal and had shot his wife.
"Officers responded to the home in the 12300 block of 77th St. in Clear Lake Township and made contact with the suspect, 47-year old Christopher Norrbom, of Clear Lake, by telephone.
"Law enforcement then started negotiations with Christopher Norrbom.
"Swat officers were able to gain entry into an attached garage, where they discovered the body of 46-year old Janell Norrbom, also of Clear Lake.
"Authorities were able to enter the home around 6:45 p.m., and discovered the body of Christopher Norrbom.
"Brott says they are not seeking any suspects and the community is safe."
"WORCESTER, MA — Police today identified the victims of an apparent murder/suicide on Lamar Avenue as Donna Zollo Pisarczyk, 47, and Israel Gonzalez, 42.
"Mr. Gonzalez was a Worcester State University police officer.
"The bodies of the victims—a boyfriend and girlfriend, according to police—were discovered by police officers on a well-being check shortly before midnight Friday. Police said the couple died from apparent gunshot wounds.
"Police, while terming the deaths an apparent murder/suicide, did not identify which of the two fired the gun.
"Police were called to the house at 16 Lamar Ave. about 11:30 p.m. Friday. A woman had called police worried because she hadn't heard from her friend. Police headed to the home to check.
"Officers found a side door unlocked and, once inside, they found the dead man and woman."
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Saturday, June 15, 2013
"INGLESIDE, TX — A woman shot in the head by her husband last night clings to life at Spohn Memorial Hospital. Ingleside police say the woman called 911 last night to let police know her husband had threatened to kill her.
"During that phone call the dispatcher heard one gunshot before the line disconnected.
"Police headed towards the home in the 2000 block of La Quinta were told another 911 call from Corpus Christi came in from a son who said his father just admitted to a murder and was about to take his own life.
"Officers who showed up at the house were invited in by a man who refused to show his hands. They stayed outside while ordering him to drop a gun spotted as he headed further inside the home.
"Police say they heard one shot before finding the man dead inside with a bullet to the head. They also found his wife still sitting in a living room chair with a gunshot wound to the forehead.
"This morning Ingleside police said she was being treated at the intensive care unit at Christus Spohn Memorial in Corpus Christi.
"Authorities have not released the names of the man and wife."
"PERRYVILLE, MO — A possible murder/suicide—or what Perry County Sheriff Gary Schaaf says could be a double suicide—is being investigated after a male and female were found dead in a Highway E residence Friday around 2 p.m.
"Victims are Shawn Galeski, 36, of Perryville, and his girlfriend Jamie Cole, 29.
"Both died from a single gunshot wound to the head. They were found at Galeski’s residence, located at 3247 Highway E, in a locked room upstairs. A gun was located inside the room, though what type is not being released.
"Schaaf said Galeski’s 91-year-old grandmother was asleep downstairs, but said she heard what she thought was a slamming door. Schaaf said Cole was staying at the Galeski residence.
"Both the Perry County Sheriff’s Department and Perry County Coroner Herb Miller responded to the scene. Miller pronounced both dead at 2:45 Friday, but said the initial incident could have occurred anywhere between eight to 12 hours prior."
"PLANO, TX — A woman and her 4-year-old son were found shot to death in their Plano apartment in an apparent murder/suicide on Friday, authorities say.
"The woman was identified as 28-year-old Lydia Soto, but her son had not been named.
"`Based on our investigation, everything is pointing to a murder/suicide,` said Officer David Tilley, a Plano police spokesman. The official cause of death will be determined by the Collin County medical examiner’s office, he said.
"Police said that about 10:25 a.m., officers went to Soto’s apartment in the 6200 block of Windhaven Parkway between Midway Road and the Dallas North Tollway to check on her and her son.
"`A friend of the resident had called us concerned about the welfare of her friend and her child,` Tilley said.
"Officers found the apartment locked, but a maintenance worker opened the door for police. Inside, officers found Soto and her son dead from gunshot wounds.
"Citing the investigation, Tilley said he could not release any additional information about what made the friend concerned."
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"FORT SMITH, AR — A man is in critical condition after killing his former father-in-law then shooting himself in the head, according to police.
"Police said the ex-wife of Micheal Ray Underwood had been living with her father after a restraining order was issued by police against Underwood on June 10th.
"Early Thursday morning, Fort Smith officers patrolling the neighborhood of 2000 South 70th Street noticed Underwood's vehicle, a 2012 silver Chevrolet truck, was parked out front. After getting no answer at the door police said they walked around the house, noticing a shattered glass door on a sunroom at the back of the house.
"Officers said they entered the home and found Underwood sitting in a chair in the living room with what looked like a gunshot wound to the head. A small .22 caliber pistol was found between his legs on the chair. Police said Underwood was unresponsive, but still alive. They later found the body of his ex-father-in-law father, Michael Shook, lying in a bed, with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.
"Michael Underwood was taken to a local hospital and is in critical condition."
"ST. LOUIS, MO — A man shot three people to death at a small home healthcare business in St. Louis on Thursday afternoon after a brief argument, and then killed himself, St. Louis police said.
"Officers recovered a semiautomatic handgun from the crime scene.
"St. Louis Police Capt. Michael Sack said the dead were in their early 40s to mid-50s.
"`The gentleman who killed the other three people inside the office appeared to have had an argument with the others and then at some point opened fire with a weapon,` Sack said.
"The shots were fired at about 1:40 p.m. at A K Home Health Care, police said. Sack said surveillance video showed the shooter opened fire after having a brief argument with people inside the business.
"`We don't know if this is a prior thing that carried over,` Sack said.
"Sack said the shooter appeared to be the owner of the health care business, and that the victims were employees. No one else was injured. Police did not identify the dead, who were removed from the business just before 6:30 p.m."
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"TOCCOA, GA — The couple discovered dead in their Toccoa apartment Tuesday afternoon were the victims of a murder/suicide.
"That's the ruling of the state medical examiner's office, Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said Wednesday evening.
"Jarrell identified the deceased as Ernest Farren Mitchell, 51, and Selena Dianne Mitchell, both of Toccoa. He said the two were husband and wife.
"`He shot her and then shot himself,` Jarrell said. `We are still investigating and attempting to find out why it happened.`
"Earlier in the day Wednesday, Jarrell had released more details about the investigation into the deaths.
"`We received a call at 12:12 p.m. Tuesday to Building 42, Apt. 102 at Andrews Court Apartments on Andrews Court,` Jarrell said. `We were called to come there for a welfare check. A family member had come by to check on the occupants of the residence and officers responded also.`
"Jarrell said officers checked around the outside of the apartment unit's perimeter. The apartments are located in a duplex unit near Toccoa Ford on Currahee Street.
"`The apartment was secure,` Jarrell said. `No one would answer the door when knocking the door. While looking in the window, they were able to see someone lying in the floor.`
"`We actually had to force our way into the apartment,` Jarrell said. `When the officers made entry into the apartment, there was a clear indication to the officers that these deaths were not of a natural cause.`
"Jarrell had said it appeared the incident was contained to the apartment.
"`I can tell you that we did not find any sign of forced entry into the residence,` Jarrell said."
Thursday, June 13, 2013
"PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL — Investigators with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office spent the day searching for answers that may never be known.
"Why Phillip Stephens decided to shoot his 10-year-old son Joshua, then turn the gun on himself late Tuesday night in a bedroom of their Panama City Beach home, is a question only he could answer, said Maj. Tommy Ford with the BCSO.
"`It’s kind of one of those things where it is what it is... I’m not sure that it’s something you can ever understand,` Ford said Wednesday.
"Two teens also were in the home at the time in another room, Ford said. They are not suspects.
"`All the indications are this was a murder/suicide,` he said."
"LEHIGH ACRES, FL — Maple Avenue South in Lehigh Acres and the surrounding neighborhood were quiet Tuesday.
"It was a far different scene Monday night and into the early morning when dozens of distraught people took to the streets after learning of an incident that left a woman and her ex-boyfriend dead and the woman’s son injured with a gunshot wound.
"The Lee County Sheriff’s Office identified the deceased as Romie Franklin Jr., 50, and Laverne James, 48.
"The sheriff’s office has not officially commented on the cause of the deaths, but a close friend of James said the deaths were the result of an apparent murder/suicide.
"On Tuesday, the road leading up to James’ home at 216 Fireside Court remained closed and the house and yard were taped off as investigators tried to piece together the events that led to the deaths.
"It was a chaotic scene Monday night in Lehigh Acres as deputies responded at 8:51 p.m. to the residence on a call of a shooting that had injured a man.
"The sheriff’s office said several witnesses ran out of the house during the initial shooting.
"As events unfolded and the sheriff’s office reported the male shooter was barricaded in the residence, possibly with a hostage.
"After evacuating nearby residences and streets, a sheriff’s office special operations unit responded to the house and entered to find Franklin and James dead, according to a sheriff’s office release."
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"BEAR, DE — The state Medical Examiner's Office released the results of autopsies conducted on a Rutledge couple who were found dead Friday that revealed the husband killed his wife before he turned the gun on himself
"Karen Troiani, 42, died at the hands of her husband Jack, 41, in the home they shared in the 100 block of Sweetbay Lane.
"New Castle County police were called to the couple’s home about shortly after 8 a.m. Friday in response to a 911 call from Jack Troiani in which he reported that someone had been shot.
"As officers were walking up to the door, they heard a single gunshot, prompting them to retreat.
"A perimeter was set up around the home and when the SWAT team arrived, officers entered the home to find two people dead of apparent gunshot wounds.
"A motive for the crime has not been made public, Cpl. John Weglarz Sr. said."
"DARIEN, IL — Autopsy results show a suburban Chicago man, David Andrus, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and the three women found dead with him—his wife and two daughters—died of gunshot wounds to the face.
"Police said David Andrus' death was ruled a suicide and the three women's deaths were classified as homicides.
"DuPage County Coroner Richard Jorgensen says autopsies were conducted Wednesday afternoon on the four family members found dead Tuesday in their Darien, Ill. home.
"Autopsy results show Andrus, 50, died of a self-inflicted intra-oral gunshot wound. The coroner says 48-year-old Jeana Andrus died of a single gunshot wound to the face. The two younger women, 22-year-old Jessica Andrus and 16-year-old Jennifer Andrus, died of single close-range gunshot wounds to the face.
"According to the Chicago Tribune, all four bodies were found in the basement of the residence, and David Andrus's body was on top of one of his daughters.
"The motive behind the killings remains unknown but the paper reports that David Andrus had been fired from him job at Midtronics, a Willowbrook-based maker of battery management products. According to the paper, law enforcement officials said he was fired after the company suspected he was stealing.
"The Chicago Tribune interviewed several family members, neighbors and friends, one of whom described the victims as `The best family you could ask for.`"
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"ROBERTSON, TX — Two brothers whose bodies were found over the weekend in a farmhouse near Calvert in Robertson County died in what evidently was a murder-suicide, authorities say.
"Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak says the men’s father found his sons' bodies in the farmhouse off of Webb Cemetery Road.
"It appears Patrick Hightower, 35, shot his brother Justin, 31, repeatedly and then turned the gun on himself, Yezak said.
"Both men were from Montgomery County.
"Investigators say a 45-caliber semi-automatic hand gun was found at the scene, KBTX-TV reported.
"A motive for the shooting hasn’t been determined, Yezak said."
"TELL CITY, IN — Two bodies discovered in a mobile home Monday night were being eaten by their pet dogs.
"The mother and son were found dead inside the mobile home on 13340 Mason Drive by Franklin's daughter Monday night, but, we're told, the bodies could have been there much longer than that.
"State Police say 47-year-old Franklin Anthony Kirk, shot and killed his mother, 64-year-old Elaine S. Kirk, 64, in their home.
"Investigators say Franklin then took his own life.
"Detective say a handgun was recovered at the scene.
"Neighbors say they the last time they saw either Franklin or Elaine was more than a week ago.
"The Perry County Coroner says the bodies were badly decomposed.
"`Apparently a couple of the dogs ate on her head a little bit so they killed all the dogs,` said Charles Baumeister, Perry County Coroner.
"Indiana State Police reported Perry County Sheriff's deputies shot the dogs when they discovered the animals had eaten parts of the bodies. ISP added it is regulation that if a dog eats human remains it cannot be accepted at a shelter and must be destroyed."
"FRESNO, CA — Fresno police say no signs of trauma were found on the body of a woman found dead in a Fresno apartment about an hour after her husband was found dead hundreds of miles away in Southern California.
"Police [said] that an autopsy was performed on the 44-year-old woman Tuesday, but it remains unclear how and when she died.
"The woman's name has not been released, but the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department identified her husband Tuesday as 40-year-old Santiago Flores of Fresno.
"Flores was found dead in a vehicle in Montclair early Monday. Police there said it was a possible suicide. About 250 miles north and about an hour later in Fresno, police visited the apartment on the car's registration and found Flores's wife dead."
Monday, June 10, 2013
"HITCHCOCK, TX — Police are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide that happened Sunday.
"A woman returning home from work found her mother and father in a back room of a house in the 6400 block of North Ridgecrest Drive at about 6 p.m. Both had been shot, Hitchcock Police Chief Clay Kennelly said.
"The initial investigation indicates that the man shot his wife before turning the gun on himself, the chief said. Kennelly said police are unsure when the shootings happened."
"SPANISH FORK, UT — Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving a Spanish Fork man who they say killed his 2-year-old son before killing himself Sunday.
"Bryson Drew, 21, and his son, Chanse, were found dead inside a home at 826 S. Fox Hill Drive by Drew's sister around 8:40 p.m., said Spanish Fork Police Lt. Matthew Johnson. Officers initially responded on reports of a suicide and found both Drew and his son.
"The child was found in a bedroom on the main floor of the home with blunt force trauma injuries, Johnson said. The boy's father was found in the basement of the home with a single gunshot wound to the head.
"A suicide note was found at the home but it didn't offer an explanation for the deaths.
"`It briefly just stated how the deceased wanted some property passed on to relatives," Johnson said. "At this point, there's lots of unanswered questions.`"
"CLEVELAND, OH — A Cleveland man apparently committed suicide on Saturday and his wife was later found dead at a Mayfield Heights apartment.
"On Monday morning the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner identified the woman as Pamela R. Mays.
"According to the police report from the Cleveland Police Department:
"On Saturday at 6:51 p.m. police responded to a report of a suicidal male at 18017 Hiller Ave. The caller told police a man threatened suicide then locked himself in his home. The caller then heard two gunshots.
"Police arrived and met with the caller. She told police her son, identified as 44-year-old Darryle Burke, was in the driveway with a black pistol and told her, `Leave me alone or I’ll do it in front of you!`
"Police entered the home and discovered Burke with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the right side of his head with a `small revolver pistol` at his feet. The gun was found to be loaded with `four live rounds and two spent shell casings.`
"The 911 caller told police that Burke had suspected that his adult son was sleeping with his wife. Burke had also told a family member `that he had done something he couldn’t take back.`
"Police made several attempts to contact Burke’s wife, but were unsuccessful.
"In assisting Cleveland Police, the Mayfield Heights Police Department checked the apartment of Mays, 44, at 1424 Golden Gate Blvd.
"Police found the rear patio door forced open and Mays `deceased with a gunshot wound to her head.`"
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"AHWATUKEE, AZ — A couple was found dead inside their Ahwatukee Foothills home on Monday afternoon from apparent gunshot wounds.
"Police were called to a home on 3722 East Long Lake Road on June 10 shortly after noon to respond to an injured person.
"The doors of the home were all locked, but police forced entry and located the couple in the bedroom of the home. The names of the couple have not been released but they are described as a white female, approximately 56 years old, and a white male, approximately 61 years old, said Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department.
"Investigators had not yet gone through the scene late Monday afternoon, but once they arrive Martos said he expects them to be on scene for at least four hours.
"Police have no suspect information at this time, but said they would not rule out a murder/suicide situation."
Sunday, June 9, 2013
"PHILADELPHIA, PA — Philadelphia Police say a man shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself in Prospect Park Sunday.
"Police were called to a home on the 1300 block of Fletcher Avenue in Delaware County around 3:50 p.m.for a report of a shooting. Investigators say they found a 31-year-old woman suffering from two gunshot wounds to the face and chest. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
"According to a witness, a man left the home shortly after the gunfire and drove away in a white van. About two hours later, police say they located a white van on the 8600 block of Mario Lanza Boulevard in Southwest Philadelphia. Investigators found the body of 38-year-old Anthony Serody inside the van with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
"The woman’s identity has not been released at this time."
"KILL DEVIL HILLS, NC — The Dare County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent murder/suicide that happened Saturday afternoon on 409 Sandpiper Drive in the Colington area.
"According to Investigator Scott Rodriguez, two men were killed. One man shot the other, then turned the gun on himself.
"Police have identified the two men as Ray L. Miller, 42, of Sandpiper Drive in Colington, and Anthony Skinner, 46, of North Main Street in Craigville, NC.
"There was also a woman in the house when the shooting happened. She was not injured. Rodriguez says she is believed to have been in a relationship with one of the men. All three moved to the home from Indiana less than two months ago.
"Dare 911 received a call about the double shooting at 2:18 p.m. from neighbors who heard the gunshots."
Friday, June 7, 2013
"COLUMBUS, OH — The Columbus Division of Police are investigating a reported fatal double shooting on the city's west side.
"The call came in around 11:30 on June 6, 2013 of two people being shot on 52 Trinity Marsh. The apartment complex is located off of Hilliard-Rome Road, south of Fisher Road.
"Once police and Columbus Division of Fire personnel arrived on scene, they located two victims who had died from their wounds.
"Homicide detectives' initial investigation indicates a male shot his fiancee and then turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder/suicide.
"The shooting remains under investigation, and the identities of those involved have not yet been released."
"VENETA, OR — A Veneta husband and wife were found dead in their bedroom Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide, authorities said.
"Lane County Sheriff's deputies were called about 6 a.m. to a home in the 25200 block of Jake Street after someone inside called 911 threatening suicide, the sheriff's office said.
"Witnesses reported hearing gunshots in the area and deputies later found 56-year-old Bradley R. Chauran and 53-year-old Kelly A. Chauran fatally shot in the home, deputies said.
"The incident is still under investigation and the Lane County Medical Examiner's Office is looking into the cause of death for the couple."
"EVANSVILLE, IN — Evansville police announced Thursday that the man who is believed to have killed himself inside an East Side apartment last month was the subject of an open child molesting case just before the deaths.
"According to a department news release, investigators had spoken to about the case about a week before authorities believe 65-year-old Thomas Zinni and Holly Usrey, 56, died. Zinni is suspected of killing Usrey before committing suicide. After an autopsy Wednesday, Vanderbrugh County Coroner Annie Groves estimated that the couple died on May 20. Their bodies were discovered on Monday inside their apartment, which is located in the 4900 block of Lanepe Lane.
"Details of the child molesting case against Zinni were not disclosed in the news release except that detectives were preparing a case file to get a warrant.
"In the autopsy report released Wednesday, Grove’s office concluded that Usrey died of blunt force trauma to the head and listed her cause of death as a homicide. Zinni died of a self-inflicted wound, according to Groves."
"QUEENS, NY — An off-duty NYPD officer fatally blasted his wife with a shotgun on their Queens street, then went inside and turned the weapon on himself in a horrific murder/suicide Wednesday, police sources and witnesses said.
"Sherlon Smikle, 33, blasted Lana Morris four times outside the family's Camden Avenue home in St. Albans around 7:35 p.m., sources and witnesses said. He then walked inside and took his own life with a single slug to the head.
"Law enforcement sources said Smikle, an eight-year veteran assigned to Brooklyn public housing, had recently had his police-issued weapon taken away.
"As Morris, 46, clung to life in the street, neighbors rushed to the aid of the school-safety agent, who was wearing her uniform.
"`There were shell casings all over the ground,` said Bernadette, 39, who didn't want to give her last name. `She was laying by the side of the curb.`
"Authorities rushed the woman to Queens General Hospital. She could not be saved. Neighbors said the couple has a child who is about 8 years old."
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"ST PAUL, MN — The shooting in Shoreview that left two dead and two injured, one critically, is being investigated as a murder-suicide.
"Ramsey County sheriff's deputies found attorney Nancy Sullivan, 57, and her boyfriend, Johnny Lee Simpson, 65, dead in the Shoreview home Sullivan was reportedly trying to move out of Tuesday morning.
"Movers were at the home in the 5900 block of Grotto Street when, investigators say suspect, Simpson shot Sullivan and then himself, according to the Ramsey County sheriff's office.
"A handgun was recovered at the scene.
"Kathleen Fay, 29, who is Sullivan's daughter, and Tony Brown, 28, were wounded in the shooting and taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
"Fay remained in critical condition Wednesday. A hospital spokeswoman said she had no information to release on Brown, the father of Fay's daughter.
"The shooting surprised neighbors in the quiet, suburban neighborhood, who said the couple seemed friendly.
"Of three calls to law enforcement placed from the residence in the past five years, none was related to domestic violence, said Randy Gustafson, spokesman for the sheriff's office."
"SIMI VALLEY, CA — A man shot his mother and his stepfather before fatally shooting himself Tuesday in a Simi Valley home, officials said.
"Authorities have not released the names of any of the people involved. The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Tuesday that the shooter was dead but would not release the man’s name.
"The shooting was reported about 7 a.m. in the 2700 block of Machado Street. Part of the street in the residential neighborhood was closed during the investigation and police spoke with neighbors.
"Police and the Ventura County Fire Department responded to a report of gunshots, Sgt. Graig Dungan said. The victims were taken to Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, according to the police. Detectives remained on the scene to investigate.
"Kris Carraway-Bowman, a hospital spokeswoman, said a 72-year-old woman who was shot in the stomach was listed in critical but stable condition. A 65-year-old man who was shot in the chest was listed in serious but stable condition.
"Police said there were three people inside the house at the time of the shooting. Police haven’t said what led to the shooting, Dungan said.
"He added that they are working to determine the motive."
Thursday, June 6, 2013
"PATASKALA, OH — Licking County Sheriff's officials released the names on Tuesday of those involved in an apparent murder-suicide.
"According to the sheriff's office, deputies responded on Monday evening to a call from a family member to check on Kendra Stokes, who had not been seen or heard of for a few days.
"The family member, who had a key to Stokes' house which is located in the 11000 block of Reussner Road, let deputies in.
"Upon entering the home, deputies heard two gunshots coming from an upstairs bedroom.
"After hearing no response, deputies searched the home and found the bodies of Kendra and Mark Stokes.
"The two were found in separate bedrooms and both had apparently died because of gunshot wounds.
"Deputies said that it appeared Kendra had been dead several days before deputies entered the home.
"Stokes apparently shot and killed himself when deputies entered.
"Autopsies were slated to be conducted."
Monday, June 3, 2013
"HAMMOND, LA — A 5-month-old baby was found alive in a home where a man and woman were found dead from a murder/suicide, authorities in Tangipahoa Parish said.
"The Sheriff's Office said evidence recovered revealed that Brandon Colona, 26, shot and killed his girlfriend Theresa Doby, 21, before turning the gun on himself.
"Deputies said they responded to a call of a welfare concern in the 47000 block of Brittani Court in Hammond about 11:45 a.m. Monday.
"Both Colona and Doby resided at the home, according to the Sheriff's Office.
"When deputies arrived at the scene, they said no one answered the door, but they did hear a baby in the home.
"Deputies said they entered the home through an unlocked door and found a 5-month-old baby.
"After searching the home, deputies said they found a white man and woman who were both dead by an apparent gunshot wound in a rear bedroom.
"The Sheriff’s Office contacted the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab to process scene for evidence and an explanation."
"SELMA, AL — The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is investigating what has been declared a murder-suicide Sunday afternoon in Selma that claimed the lives of three people.
"Selma Chief of Police William T. Riley confirmed Sunday evening that an off-duty Selma Police Officer, Dwight Moorer, 28, reportedly shot and killed his ex-girlfriend, her step-father and then turned the gun on himself, committing suicide.
"In a release from the Selma Police Department, officers discovered the body of the step-father located in a car in front of a home on the 300 block of 10th Avenue. The victim was reported to have suffered “gunshot wounds to his body.”
"At another scene, this one located in the 2400 block of Springdale Street, officers discovered the bodies of both Moorer and his ex-girlfriend located in a vehicle in the driveway. All victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
"The names of the victims were released Monday as being 28-year-old Keoshia L. Hill of Selma and 59-year-old Bill Jackson of Selma.
"`This is a terrible and tragic situation,` Riley said Sunday evening. `All of our hearts go out to the victims and the families involved.`
"Moorer was a five-year veteran of the Selma Police Department."
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"ORIENT, OH — An Orient couple have been identified as the victims of a double murder Saturday night on state Route 762 near the state prison complex.
"Harry K. Butler, 68, and Eugenia Anderson, 62, were killed in the home they shared at 5386 Fairfield Road about 10 p.m. Saturday, victims of an apparent robbery by a neighbor.
"The suspect, Michael S. Melrose, 41, shot himself in front of Pickaway County Sheriff deputies in the back yard of the home as they arrived in response to a 911 call from the residence. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Michael Geron, assistant county coroner.
"When deputies Tracy Andrews and Shad Wright and Sgt. Timothy Carpenter arrived on the scene within minutes of the 911 call, they spotted Melrose leaving the back of the residence with an armful of long guns he appeared to be stealing.
"According to Sheriff Robert Radcliff, deputies ordered Melrose to drop the weapons, which he did before pulling a pistol from the back of his waistband and shooting himself.
"Butler was discovered in the front room of the home, bound and wounded but still alive, Radcliff said. He died in the Scioto Township ambulance en route to Mount Carmel West Medical Center in Columbus.
"Anderson was discovered dead in a back bedroom of the home, also partially bound and a victim of gunshot wounds.
"Investigators said Melrose knew the victims and had performed odd jobs for the couple in the past. He lived just a few houses away from the murder scene."
"LAS VEGAS, NV — A 38-year-old man has been charged with two counts or murder and one count of attempted murder in a domestic violence incident early Saturday in the northeast part of the valley.
"Metro police said Manuel Mata III has been booked in absentia after he attempted to kill himself but failed. He killed two people and critically wounded a small child before turning a gun on himself shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday.
"Metro patrol officers responded to the 5500 Block of Cotton Street for reports of shots being fired inside a home.
"Arriving officers quickly located the residence and observed an injured man lying on the ground and armed with a firearm. Officers entered and took him into custody without incident.
"The home was cleared and two people were found dead from apparent gunshot wounds. Officers also found a critically injured small child. The child and suspect were transported to UMC and are expected to survive.
"Homicide detectives determined that Mata had been living with the victims and has a domestic relationship with them.
"After the attack resulted in two deaths and serious injuries to a small child, Mata turned a firearm on himself, Metro said."