Mother, daughter shot to death by father in Thanksgiving tragedy


by Staff

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 23 at 10:25 AM

East St. Louis standoff

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EAST ST. LOUIS ( -- Police say a father shot took a gun and opened fire on his family before killing himself Thursday night .

According to police, the situation began as a domestic dispute between a man and his wife and daughter.

Both the wife and daughter were shot in the incident. The daughter, who was shot twice in the leg, ran outside the home screaming and told neighbors and police that her father came downstairs with a handgun and opened fire.

She said her mother had been shot and was still in the house.

The suspect barricaded himself in the home with the remaining victim and police surrounded the house and called in a tactical team who entered through the basement.

The team found the wife of the suspect dead in a front room on the first floor. Police say she suffered at least one gun shot wound to the head.

Police sent a remote-controlled robot upstairs and found the 69-year-old suspect dead of an apparent self-inflicted gusnhot wound.

The 44-year-old daughter is in stable condition at a hospital. Police are investigating the incident as a murder suicide.

News 4 is on the scene and will bring you more as information becomes available.