A 43-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man were taken to Tacoma General Hospital in Puyallup, Washington, after their 69-year-old father shot them while they slept early Sunday morning. The woman died and the man remains in grave condition.
According to the New York Daily News, the man called 911 just before 3:30 a.m. and a dispatcher talked him out of shooting himself. His wife and two male grandchildren, who were reportedly the children of the male victim, were also asleep inside the house.
Puyallup Deputy Police Chief David McDonald said a small handgun was retrieved and the victims had gunshot wounds in their heads. Neither the names of the family members nor information about the exact kind of gun used have been released.
The motivation for the shootings is still under investigation, but police did say they had been called to the home before.
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“Our officers have responded numerous times over the past several years for minor domestic disputes and protection order violations,” McDonald said. “It might have been a brother-and-sister or sister-and-parent dispute where we had to kick somebody out."
The shooter was booked at the Pierce County jail and is expected to face charges Monday. He is facing once count of first-degree murder, and could face two if the male victim dies.