“This is everyday USA behind me”: Man Guns down 3 Daughters, Wife, Kills Himself

Neighbors in San Carlos Park didn’t hear the gunshots. It might have been hours or maybe days before anyone realized what had happened, if not for the 911 call about 2:25 a.m. from a Spanish-speaking man inside the home. By the time Lee County deputies arrived to the home at 17372 Phlox Drive, the 36-year-old man, his two daughters, their older sister and their 29-year-old mother were dead.

Lee Sheriff Mike Scott described the killings as murder-suicide, saying the father had left a note.

…The Sheriff’s Office would not release the names of the victims Sunday, saying the killings were part of an active investigation and there were relatives who still needed to be notified. Two family members identified the victims Sunday evening as Maria Antonia Navas, 29; Sonny Enrique “Quique” Medina, 36; Allison Navas, 10; Sophia Medina-Navas, 6; and Mia Medina-Navas, 2.

Scott said what happened Sunday was the single-largest mass killing he could recall in county history. The sheriff said there were no prior indications of trouble at the home, no history of reported domestic violence or child abuse. This, he said, was a “safe, nice home” with photographs and drawings on the refrigerator and toys scattered throughout.

“This is everyday USA behind me,” Scott said Sunday as he stood in front of the family’s home. “Something snapped, something went terribly wrong. And we’ll never know the answer to why.”

Family mass killing in San Carlos Park: ‘Something went terribly wrong’., 6/8/2014.


“I wouldn’t think he would do anything like this”: Man Kills Girlfriend, Her Brother and Mother, Then Himself

Police said the 28-year-old man grabbed a handgun after getting into a dispute with his girlfriend.

“Basically, he went from room to room and killed everyone,” said Pomona police Lt. Mike Keltner.

Police received a call at 10:52 p.m. Thursday from a relative of the alleged shooter.

“The suspect told a family member that he was going to hurt himself and everyone else in the house,” said Pomona police Lt. Ronald McDonald.

When police arrived at the home in the 2100 block of Ramsey Way, they found the bodies of the 28-year-old alleged shooter, his 25-year-old girlfriend, as well as his girlfriend’s 52-year-old mother and 17-year-old brother.

They have not been officially identified, but friends and relatives identified the 52-year-old woman as Manuela “Nelli” Padilla and her 17-year-old son as Juan “Johnny” Padilla. The shooter’s girlfriend was Mariana Padilla, her sister April Mejia said. Mejia said the shooter’s name was Raul, but she was unsure of his last name.

…Mejia also said she didn’t know much about her sister’s boyfriend, but said he was in love with her sister. Her sister did mention once that she wanted to leave him.

“I wouldn’t think he would do anything like this,” she said.

Four dead in alleged murder-suicide in Pomona. The [San Bernardino County] Sun, 5/9/2014.



Woman Confesses Killing Husband to Relative Then Commits Suicide

According to homicide investigators, a woman fatally shot her husband in an apartment on W. Tidwell Road near Highway 290. She then drove to a family member’s in Harris County where she confessed to the crime and shot herself. The woman was sent to the hospital where she later died.

… With the help of the Houston Fire Department, officials gained entry to the home and found the 43-year-old husband dead inside, police said.

Woman confesses to killing husband before killing self at relative’s Harris County home., 1/1/2014.

Father Commits Murder-Suicide in Front of 6-, 10-Year Olds

According to police, Bobby Hatcher, 45, shot and killed his wife, Reba Hatcher, 34, before shooting himself. Troopers found both bodies inside their home on Joe’s Creek Road near Comfort Thursday morning.

Investigators said they found two pistols in the residence. They tell 13 News Reba was shot several times.

Police said two children, ages 10 and 6, witnessed the shooting inside the house. A neighbor said the kids ran into her yard, screaming. Child Protective Services have placed the children into foster care.

“The smallest one was pretty shook up, pretty upset,” said Sgt. Charles Sutphin, with the West Virginia State Police.

Relatives said Bobby, originally from Raleigh County, had lashed out at least once before, last year.

“I’d worry about them all the time,” said David Adkins, Reba’s uncle. “What’d he’d do to her and stuff.”

UPDATE: Names released in murder-suicide in Boone County, WV., 1/2/2014.

In Multiple Attacks, Man Kills 2, Wounds In-Laws and Wife Before Killing Himself

The shootings happened at four locations in two parishes about 45 miles southwest of New Orleans on Thursday. The first report came about 6:40 p.m., when Lafourche Parish Councilman Louis Phillip Gouaux — who was shot in the throat — called 911 from his home in Lockport, Houma, La., The Courier newspaper reported.

The suspect, Ben Freeman, 38, was the ex-husband of Gouaux’s daughter Jeanne, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Brennan Matherne said in a news release.

Gouaux’s wife, Susan “Pixie” Gouaux, was dead when deputies arrived, Matherne said. Louis Phillip Gouaux and his daughter, Andrea Gouaux, were injured and taken to Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans. Both were in critical but stable condition, Matherne said.

About 20 minutes later in Raceland, Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital administrator Milton Bourgeois was shot and killed at close range at his home, Matherne said….

Freeman’s wife, Denise Taylor Freeman, was found dead in the couple’s home in Houma in Terrebonne Parish. Matherne said her cause of death was not immediately known.

…Ben Freeman was found along U.S. Highway 90 near Bayou Blue, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Lafourche Parish sheriff said Jeanne Gouaux had filed multiple protective orders against Freeman, who had pleaded guilty to harassment charges and was allowed only supervised visits with their four children. The last protective order expired less than a month ago, he said.

Lafourche Parish shooter attacked wife, former in-laws, former boss in rampage that left 4 dead, 3 wounded.|Times Picayune, 12/27/2013.

Murder-Suicide in Midtown: Father Jumps off Roof with 3-year-old Son

Dmitriy Kanarikov, 35, of Brooklyn, had picked up his son Kirill Kanarikov, 3, from the boy’s mother at 10 a.m. Sunday, and was supposed to return him at 1 p.m., police said. Kanarikov, who was originally from the Ukraine, had recently lost custody of the boy to his ex-wife in a bitter court battle after splitting with her earlier this year, sources said.

Instead, Kanarikov walked to a relative’s apartment building at 124 W. 60th St. with the boy before noon on Sunday, walked up to the roof of the 51-story building, held the boy in his arms, and jumped off, killing them both, police sources said.

Kanarikov’s body was found on a roof of 425 West 59th St., police said. He was declared dead at the scene, fire officials said.

His son’s body was found on a roof at 455 West 59th St., police confirmed. The boy, who had been wearing Christmas pajamas, was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where he died, fire officials said.

Dad Leaps From Roof of Midtown High-Rise With Toddler Son, Police Say. DNAinfo New York, 12/22/2013.

Murder-Suicide Rampage in FL: 3 Dead, 1 Wounded

Detectives said they believe [Pedro José] Maldonado [Sr.] shot Monica Narvaez-Maldonado, 47, and Pedro José Maldonado Jr., 17, sometime Monday with a hand-held crossbow that shoots small arrows.

He then headed to Tallahassee where his older son, José Maldonado, 21, attends Florida State University. Investigators said Maldonado rented a hotel room Monday, and just after 7 a.m. Tuesday, attacked his son.

Detetives said Pedro José Maldonado tried to shoot his son with the crossbow, but José turned, and the arrow hit his ear.

His father began to choke him, but his son struggled and managed to get away from his dad, who fled the scene. José did not report the attack, according to authorities.

Around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Pedro Jose Maldonado. Sr. called a friend in Miami and admitted to killing his wife and son, according to BSO.

…The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team later located the Volvo at the Cabot Lodge in Lake City. A SWAT negotiator tried for hours to contact Maldonado with no success. Just before 2 a.m. Wednesday, they entered the room and found him dead.

Pedro José Maldonado: 3 dead after Weston, Florida father goes on crossbow rampage, says BSO., 12/4/2013.

Triple Murder-Suicide with Wife’s Body Burned in Back Yard

Police found the woman’s body burned in the home’s backyard. The daughter’s body was found inside the home, and the male victim was found shot in the front yard, Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said.

Police eventually found the suspect’s body in a nearby alley and believe he shot himself.

…Police said the couple was going through a divorce and the woman went to the house to get some of her belongings with her daughter and the male friend.

The couple who lived at the home was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday regarding a protective order the wife had sought against her husband, police said. It was not immediately clear whether the hearing took place.

Crump said police were last called to the house about a month ago, when someone at the home was threatening suicide.

Phoenix Shooting: Man Kills 3, Burns One Victim’s Body Then Shoots Himself, Police Say. HuffPo Crime, 11/13/2013.

Triple Murder-Attempted Murder-Suicide by Former Band Member

Police say it’s not clear why the man opened fire early Monday at the three-story building in Williamsburg.

Police say the shooter had been kicked out of the band, but they aren’t sure if that motivated the shooting.

The victims were found on the second and third floors. The shooter was discovered on the roof.

Police say the dead men are believed to be Iranian nationals living in the U.S.

Another bandmate was wounded on the arm and has been hospitalized in stable condition.

Williamsburg Shooting Leaves 4 Dead; NYPD Says Man Killed 3 Bandmates, Himself. HuffPo Crime, 11/11/2013.

“Domestic dispute” Leaves 6 Dead

According to Davis, Greenwood County received a 911 call from the suspected gunman just before 6 p.m. Tuesday night. The suspected gunman, later identified as Bryan Sweatt, told 911 operators that he wanted to hurt himself.

While deputies were responding to the call at the home off Callison Highway they received another 911 call from the next door neighbor saying four children had fled to her house after hearing gunshots.

Greenwood SWAT was called to the home, as it was believed it was a hostage situation.

SWAT attempted to make contact for more than an hour, then entered the home.

They found six bodies including the suspect’s; two males, two females, and two young boys. The victims have been identified as:

Richard Allen Fields, 51

Melissa Kay Fields, 49

Chandra Marie Fields, 26

Tariq Kenyon Robinson, 11

William Asa Robinson, 9

Authorities say Sweatt suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Sweatt faced between 20 and 25 years behind bars for crimes he was supposed to be in court for Tuesday, according to Davis.

4 Adults, 2 Children Killed In Greenwood Co. Murder-Suicide., 10/29/2013.

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