Thursday , December 14 2017

Police: 3 kids killed, mother critically injured in shooting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry called for the city to come together Tuesday as investigators tried to piece together the final moments of three children who were killed when they arrived home with their mother to find a gunman waiting inside.
The mayor described the shooting as unimaginable and heartbreaking.
“It’s hard not to be angry. It’s hard not to be frustrated,” he said during a news conference at police headquarters.
Authorities said the violence erupted about 6:30 p.m. Monday. A woman called for help, saying that shots had been fired at a home in the Four Hills neighborhood in southeast Albuquerque.
Within minutes, officers arrived to find the 36-year-old mother and the three children — a 5-year-old boy, a 6-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy — all shot. The victims were rushed to the hospital, where the children were later pronounced dead.
The mother remained in critical condition Tuesday afternoon and investigators have not been able to talk to her. They said she’s the only surviving witness.
Police Chief Gordon Eden identified the gunman as a 45-year-old man who investigators believe had a short relationship with the mother. The man was found unconscious with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
Eden said preliminary evidence indicates the man forced his way into the home and waited for the mother and children to arrive. It’s not clear in what order the victims were shot, but the chief said the mother was wounded as she tried to get the children out of the home.
Authorities said there was no history of previous calls to the home.
Officials with the Albuquerque school district said their crisis management team and other support staff were ready to help classmates of the victims and staffers.

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