Friday, August 23, 2013

Dad kills 18-year-old daughter in murder-suicide; mom, son in critical condition (Shaler Township, Pennsylvania)

The latest killer daddy/family annihilator: JAMES EDWARD.

Police: Father opens fire on family in Shaler Township
James Edwards kills daughter, self on Winterset Drive

UPDATED 11:08 PM EDT Aug 22, 2013

SHALER TOWNSHIP, Pa. —Allegheny County homicide detectives said they're looking for a motive after a man shot his daughter, son and wife, and then himself early Thursday morning.

James Edwards, 52, and daughter Laurin Edwards, 19, died in the shooting at the family's house on Winterset Drive. The family dog was also killed.

Taken to Allegheny General Hospital were Edwards' son, Jimmy, 21, and wife, Charlene, 51. Both victims were listed in critical condition Thursday afternoon.

The Allegheny County Airport Authority said James Edwards worked as an electrician at Pittsburgh International Airport. Neighbors said his wife is a nurse and the couple's son is a pharmacy student at Duquesne University. The daughter was also a college student at Saint Francis University who just had celebrated her birthday one day ago.

Police said the mother called 911 from inside the house at about 3 a.m. When officers arrived, they found James Edwards and Laurin Edwards dead in the hallway, and Charlene Edwards and Jimmy Edwards alive but badly wounded.

"She lives for those kids. She is a perfect mother with them, and I just can't believe that this happened," said neighbor Linda Behrhorst.

Police said the victims were shot in different rooms, as the son was playing Xbox online at the time. A second 911 call was made by someone who heard the shooting while playing video games with the son, police said.

"There was an open audio connection via the gaming system, so whoever was playing games heard some of the events," Lt. Andy Schurman said.

The father had been suspended from work on Friday, police said, but they don't know if that played a role.

"We are in the early stages of the investigation trying to determine what may have caused this," Schurman said.