A 4-year-old Missouri girl who heard gunshots pretended to be asleep and survived while her father fatally shot and killed her mother, her half-brother and then himself, according to multiple media reports.
Police in Bellefontaine Neighbors, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb, say the girl was left unharmed after they received a 911 call just before midnight Thursday from a man directing them to a home on Hoyt Drive. The man said police would find three bodies, and then he hung up, reports local TV station KSDK, St. Louis Patch and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
After hearing the first gunshot before midnight Thursday, the 4-year-old entered the living room of the home and saw her mother on the floor, said Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Chief Jeremy Ihler.
Her father told her to go back to her room, and she did.
“She heard several shots fired after that,” the chief said.
The female victim, Katrina Banks, 31, posted photos on Facebook Jan. 20 announcing her engagement to the man identified by police as the shooter, 31-year-old Dornubari Dugbor. Also killed was Banks’ 15-year-old son, Kevin Johnson.