Beaverton, Oregon, was the scene of a gruesome homicide-suicide, as a man of 36 shot his own children, before taking his own life. The scene took place in an apartment in the Redwood Creek Apartments building, near the boulevards Southwest Hall and Greenway.
The first victims were an 8-year-old girl and a 6-year-old-boy.
A woman, relative to the victims, placed the 911 call around 4:30 pm, reporting all three people dead. Upon arrival, the police did identify three bodies. They proceeded outside, in order to preserve what they thought was the scene of a murder.
However, they immediately heard rustling coming from the inside of the house, and then a single gunshot was heard. A tactical negotiation team was called to the crime scene. However, when they entered the apartment, they again found three lifeless bodies.
The police came to the conclusion that the man had suffered wounds and trauma after killing his children. After they had left the apartment, the man woke up and took his own life with one bullet, leading the police to declare a homicide-suicide.
“It was just a very tragic thing that happened here today,” Mike Rowe, spokesperson for the Beaverton Police told the press.
It is not yet known if the children were also shot, or if they died from other causes. Their mother is said to have lived with the father and children in the same apartment, but her whereabouts have not yet been revealed.
Greenway Elementary School posted a statement on Wednesday night, emphasizing the tragic nature of the event and offering support and counseling for both children and parents alike.
The names of the father and the two children have not been released to the press, nor has the cause of this disturbing been revealed. Yet the police officials have declared that there is no threat to the public.
The neighbors have declared their shock and dismay regarding the violent incident that took place right on their doorstep. Beaverton, located about 8 miles west of Portland, is generally considered a peaceful city. A horrific incident like this is sure to leave a mark in the minds of the members of the community.
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