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Teen and man killed, woman critically injured in South City murder-suicide

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A 16-year-old girl is dead and a 41-year-old man is dead after the man allegedly shot his stepdaughter,  his wife and himself in what police call an "uncharacteristic" shooting in a south St. Louis neighborhood.

The shooting happened around 8:50 a.m. in the 3700 block of Roswell, just a few blocks south of Carondelet Park in south St. Louis.

The suspect was identified as Lawrence Verble. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, officials say. The 16-year-old girl has been identified as Jessica Beckwith. She was shot in the chest. The mother has not been identified as she is in critical condition. She was also shot in the chest.

Police were called to the scene after the injured woman reported the incident.  According to Lt. John Walsh with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, when officers arrived on the scene, they found the woman at a neighbor's front door.  She ran to the neighbor's house after she had been shot. The woman told police her husband was inside the neighboring home with a gun.

The neighbor says she was shaken up by the shooting, and was asleep when she heard a woman banging on the door yelling, “Help me. My husband shot me and my daughter.” The scene was so unreal that the woman thought she was dreaming, she says.

Authorities entered the house and found the woman's husband in a hallway. He was suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Police recovered a handgun inside the house.

Officers searched the rest of the house and found the 17-year-old daughter in a back room. She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The suspect and his wife were taken to a local hospital where they were listed in critical condition.  Police have not released any information about the woman's injuries, and names have not been released.

Police believe the teenage victim is the daughter of the suspect and the woman.

Lt. John Walsh said the department does not have any record of past calls to the residence for domestic disturbance.  He said this type of crime is "uncharacteristic" for this neighborhood.

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