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Kenneth Ayers Kills 2-Year Old, Wounds Wife, Then Kills Himself

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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Kenneth Ayers of Pennsylvania allegedly shot and killed his two-year-old son and wounded his wife during a custody exchange, before turning the gun on himself.

Police said the incident occurred at Ayers' mother's home in Barree Township Saturday morning. Ayers, 52, also known as Robbie, was subject to a protection from abuse order filed by his wife, Hollie Jo, but was permitted visits with their son, Michael, according to Huntingdon County District Attorney George Zanic.

That morning Ayers got into an altercation with Hollie Jo, then shot her in the legs and arm with a .40 caliber handgun, according to police.

Ayers then intentionally shot his son and put Michael's body in the back of his vehicle. The wounded mother retrieved the two-year-old's body, before Ayers shot her again in the face. He also fired shots at his mother Mary Ayers, but missed.

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Police went to the ranch home after they received a call of “shots fired” at 9:00 a.m. Ayers is believed to have gone home and changed vehicles.

At 4:00 p.m., Ayers' body was found in his truck in a wooded area off Route 550 in Warrior’s Mark Township by the State Police Special Emergency Response Team. He was confirmed dead of a self-inflected gunshot wound.

"Words can't describe the scene...heartbreaking," Zanic told the Altoona Mirror.

State Police Cpl. Daniel Sneath said that the investigation is ongoing. Police want to know why Ayers was carrying a gun and if he was under the influence at the time of the attack.

While he left no suicide note, evidence found in his home in McAlvey’s Fort and his behavior the week before the crime leads Zanic to suspect he planned the incident.

(ABC NewsInternational Business Times)