Friday, May 9, 2014

Man Shoots Family, Burns Rented Mansion With Fireworks

"TAMPA, FL — A business executive, his wife and two teenage children found dead in a suspected murder/suicide had all been shot with the father's gun before the million-dollar Florida mansion they were renting burned down, it was revealed today.

"Autopsies were still being completed to determine exactly how the victims died.

"Authorities recovered a gun at the home registered to 51-year-old Darrin Campbell and he was caught on a store camera buying an `exceedingly large amount` of fireworks days before the suspected arson fire, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Col. Donna Lusczynski said.

"The firecrackers reportedly surrounded the bodies and apparently started the fire that engulfed the two-story, five bedroom home the family was leasing from tennis pro James Blake.

"Mr Campbell was found dead in the burnt out $1.5 million home alongside his wife, Kimberly.

"His two teenage children, Colin, 19, and Megan, 16, were found in their respective bedrooms—with police saying two of the victims had suffered `upper body trauma.`

"A surveillance video was released late Thursday showing Darrin Campbell dressed in a dark-grey T-shirt and shorts placing stacks of fireworks into a shopping cart at Phantom Fireworks.

"The nine-minute silent clip depicts the married father of two emptying his full cart at the cash register.

"At one point, Campbell is seen ducking back into an aisle to pick up more pyrotechnics before handing the cashier $650 in cash for his purchase.

"Store clerk Michael Muti who handled the transaction Sunday recalled Campbell as being `normal and chatty.`

"`He said he was shopping early for fireworks for the Fourth of July,` Muti said."

Read more at the Daily Mail...

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