Police: 3 dead in apparent murder-suicide; 4 children safe

Published December 26, 2019, 9:49 AM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By the Associated Press

LAKELAND, Fla. — Three adults were killed in an apparent murder-suicide on Christmas Eve while four young children were inside the home, authorities in Florida said.

Three adults were killed in an apparent murder-suicide on Christmas Eve while four young children were inside the home, authorities in Lakeland, Florida said. The children were safely removed from the home. (Dec. 25) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/ MANILA BULLETIN)
Three adults were killed in an apparent murder-suicide on Christmas Eve while four young children were inside the home, authorities in Lakeland, Florida said. The children were safely removed from the home. (Dec. 25) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The children were safely removed from the home after the shooting Tuesday night, Lakeland Police Capt. Ed Cain told reporters.

The three dead adults all suffered gunshot wounds.

Investigators said Leighton Josephs, 30, fired the shots at a man and woman, who weren’t identified, inside the home, and then killed himself.

Josephs knew the man and woman, although investigators didn’t describe how.

All four of the children are believed to be younger than 10 years old, Cain said.

“It’s a very tragic situation on Christmas Eve that’s going to impact a lot of families,” Cain said.

 
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Police: 3 dead in apparent murder-suicide; 4 children safe

Published December 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By the Associated Press

LAKELAND, Fla. — Three adults were killed in an apparent murder-suicide on Christmas Eve while four young children were inside the home, authorities in Florida said.

Three adults were killed in an apparent murder-suicide on Christmas Eve while four young children were inside the home, authorities in Lakeland, Florida said. The children were safely removed from the home. (Dec. 25) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/ MANILA BULLETIN)
Three adults were killed in an apparent murder-suicide on Christmas Eve while four young children were inside the home, authorities in Lakeland, Florida said. The children were safely removed from the home. (Dec. 25) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The children were safely removed from the home after the shooting Tuesday night, Lakeland Police Capt. Ed Cain told reporters.

The three dead adults all suffered gunshot wounds.

Investigators said Leighton Josephs, 30, fired the shots at a man and woman, who weren’t identified, inside the home, and then killed himself.

Josephs knew the man and woman, although investigators didn’t describe how.

All four of the children are believed to be younger than 10 years old, Cain said.

“It’s a very tragic situation on Christmas Eve that’s going to impact a lot of families,” Cain said.

 
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