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Another shooting in the US: father kills 5 children and then himself

Wash. police: Father kills 5 children, himself


GRAHAM, Wash. – A father apparently shot to death five of his children, ages 7 to 16, at their mobile home and then killed himself near a casino miles away, police said Saturday.
Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff, called it a domestic violence situation and a murder-suicide.
"We believe they all died of gunshot wounds," Troyer said.
Police found the father's body early Saturday in his still-running car near the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn, about 30 miles south of Seattle. He had apparently killed himself with a rifle, although no note was left in the car, Auburn Police Sgt. Scott Near said.
Later in the day, a relative stopped by the mobile home and called authorities after seeing a child lying motionless on a bed through a window. Pierce County deputies checked the mobile home, which is about 20 miles southeast of the casino, and found four of the children dead in their beds and the fifth in the bathroom.
Troyer said investigators believe the husband and the wife, who was not home, were not estranged.
The mother's aunt, Penny Flansburg, was at a loss to explain the crime.
"They were pleasant together," Flansburg said. "We can't even figure out why."
Flansburg identified the couple as Angela and James Harrison and the children as Maxine, Samantha, Heather, Jamie and James. The father worked as a diesel mechanic, and the mother works at Wal-Mart, Flansburg said.
Ryan Peden, a classmate of the eldest daughter, said she told him Friday night that her parents had gotten into a fight and her mother had left. The father followed the mother and tried to get her to return, said Peden, 16.
Neighbors in the Deer Run mobile home park, a neat, well-kept community nestled among towering evergreens, were shocked and weeping at the news.
"How could something like this happen?" asked Mary Ripplinger, whose kids were playmates of the slain children. "Everyone's asking: Why did he do it? It's not right."
Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor described the crime as a "horrible thing."
"This was not a tragedy. It was a rotten murder," Pastor said. "This appears to be the terrible work of the biological father. If that doesn't break your heart, I don't know what does."
Another neighbor, Dale Lund, told The Seattle Times the 7-year-old boy who was killed played at times with his grandson and the boys shared the same school bus stop and attended the same elementary school together.
He said the dead boy played in his own yard most of the time.
"They pretty much kept to themselves over there," Lund said.
Dozens of investigators were on the scene trying to reconstruct the crime and discover a motive.

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The guns should be controlled better
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Oh don't let the NRA hear you say that! Remember guns don't kill people, people do. So everyone should have a gun.

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everyone should have a gun
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I'll be glad when this recession is over
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this "father" had a job so not sure why blame the recession

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everyone should have a gun
Yes esp the panda in ur avatar! Imagine hords of Panda's running wild in the streets with guns.

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Oh don't let the NRA hear you say that! Remember guns don't kill people, people do. So everyone should have a gun.
According to your logic, why shall we fight against drugs?The drugs also can't be a threat to people and society,but people who abuse the drugs are responsible

So,my point is:Guns and drugs are all existing threats to the society,so guns should be well controlled or banned for individuals as we do against drugs

And a government which fails to manage guns should be blamed
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Yes esp the panda in ur avatar! Imagine hords of Panda's running wild in the streets with guns.
I hope I can see a group of pandas running in the streets
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According to your logic, why shall we fight against drugs?The drugs also can't be a threat to people and society,but people who abuse the drugs are responsible

So,my point is:Guns and drugs are all existing threats to the society,so guns should be well controlled or banned for individuals as we do against drugs

And a government which fails to manage guns should be blamed
Oh you silly buns I was being sarcastic. I thought it was pretty obvious. I'll agree with the banning of guns or at least making them extremely hard to obtain. As for keeping drugs illegal I couldn't disagree with you more.


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Oh don't let the NRA hear you say that! Remember guns don't kill people, people do. So everyone should have a gun.
you beat me to it.

but yeah this is just horrible.
so many people in the U.S are getting wasted by family members nowadays.
its so sad that children are being victimized.

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Wow, this is beyond words. Wtf, is wrong with people?

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Jamie and James? I suppose they kept trying for a boy, gave up at the 4th child and gave her the boys name they always had in mind.

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omg
shooting after shooting

rip

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omg children as well! wtf, dont kill other people. this is harsh but if ur gonna kill urself DONT take others with u

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