Man Shoots Family Then Himself
According to Mail Online
A man opened fire in his home in the early hours of Thursday morning, killing his daughter and himself and seriously wounding his wife and son. The family beagle was also killed.
James Edwards, 52, and his daughter Laurin Edwards, 19, died from gunshot wounds in the family home on Winterset Drive in Allegheny County, Pittsburgh.
Edwards’ wife, Charlene, 51, and son, Jimmy, 21, were taken to Allegheny General Hospital and are listed in a critical condition.
Police told WTAE that James Edwards went ‘from room to room’ shooting his family members before turning the gun on himself.
Police found Laurin Edwards with two gunshot wounds to the torso and her father dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest in the hallway of the home.
According to the Post-Gazette, Charlene Edwards was found on the patio and her son Jimmy was in his bedroom. Both had been shot twice.
Charlene Edwards managed to call 911 to report her husband’s rampage from inside the house around 3:10am.
Jimmy Edwards was playing an online Xbox game when the shootings occurred, and someone who heard the shooting through the video game also dialed 911.
According to WTAE, the family had that night celebrated Laurin Edwards’ 19th birthday.
Police investigators are searching for a motive in the horrific shooting, but so far there has been little to indicate a reason for the crime.
‘There were no journals, diaries or other writings found to lead to a clear explanation,’ said Lieutenant Schurman of the Allegheny police department.
According to WTAE, James Edwards was an electrician at Pittsburgh International Airport until he was suspended from the job last Friday.
Airport officials have refused to comment on Edwards’ employment situation except to express sympathy and condolences for the Edwards family and say that as of Friday, Edwards still had a job at the airport.
Police are uncertain as to whether his job situation may have fueled the rampage.
Neighbors said that although there were no obvious signs of trouble at the home, they sensed Edwards was ‘stressed’
‘Well, there were some conflicts, I’ll say that. Conflicts with the women across the street, the people next door. Conflicts,’ neighbor Ruth Duerstein told WTAE.
‘Just when we got to thinking that maybe he’d gotten help or whatever – it seemed to be going better for him – and this horrible thing.’
Neighbors and friends are still struggling to comprehend Thursday’s events.
‘It’s a tragic situation. The family is a good family. The kids were absolutely perfect. You couldn’t ask for better kids.
And smart. Both are in the National Honor Society through high school and college,’ neighbor Linda Behrhorst said.
‘We are really shook up over this.’
A father is suppose to protect his family not try to kill them. SMH.