Victims identified in Thanksgiving murder-suicide

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 23 at 12:44 PM

EAST ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Police have identified the victims involved in a murder-suicide in East St. Louis Thursday night.

According to police, the situation began as a domestic dispute between a man and his wife and daughter at their home in the 700 block of 75th Street.

Police said during the argument, Bobby Stewart, 69, a shot his wife, Dorothy McCaskill, 66, and his daughter.

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 McCaskill had been shot and was still in the house.

Stewart barricaded himself in the home with the remaining victim and police surrounded the house and called in a tactical team, which entered through the basement.

The team found McCaskill dead in a front room on the first floor. Police say she suffered at least one gunshot wound to the head.

Police sent a remote-controlled robot upstairs and found Stewart dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The 44-year-old daughter was taken to the hospital in stable condition. She has since been released.

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