While his grandchildren were asleep nearby, a Puyallup man shot his adult children in the head as they slept in his home early Sunday, killing his daughter and seriously wounding his son, police said.
The 69-year-old man called police about 3:25 a.m. and said he had shot his son and his daughter at a house in the 1500 block of Fifth Street Southeast, Deputy Chief Dave McDonald said.
Dispatchers persuaded the man to put down a small-caliber handgun believed used in the shooting and surrender, at which point he was taken into custody, McDonald said.
Both victims, a 43-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man, were taken to Tacoma General Hospital, where the woman later died. The man was in critical condition, officials said late Sunday.
The identity of the woman was not released.
The suspects wife as well as his two grandsons, ages 6 and 7, were taken safely from the house. The children, who are the sons of the man who was shot, slept through the shooting and were woken by police, McDonald said.
The children were taken into custody by Child Protective Services.
Their grandmother was not involved in the shooting, McDonald said.
The grandparents were taking care of these kids, McDonald said.
Police have responded several times to the home for domestic violence-related disputes between various family members, McDonald said.
I know they were frustrated, McDonald said of the grandparents.
A neighbor said police have responded to the house before to deal with the couples son.
It was common to hear fighting with the son, said the neighbor, Beau Nye. The cops have been here before.
He said the two young boys had been playing outside the day before the shooting.
All day yesterday, Nye said. Chasing each other and laughing. They were having a great time.
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