In what police believe is a case of familicide, a Texas woman’s ex-husband shot her and shot and killed their three children, the woman’s boyfriend, and then turned the gun on himself. The ex-wife and mother, Amanda Lee Simpson is hospitalized and the only survivor of the quadruple murder and suicide. She posted a Facebook Live video from her hospital bed Wednesday evening.
According to the Dallas News, the area medical examiner released identities for two of the dead: 39-year-old Justin Painter of Fort Worth and 29-year-old Seth Richardson of Lancaster, S.C. The former Simpson’s ex-husband and latter her boyfriend. Simpson goes by the name Ams Lucas on her social media.
The couple was married in 2012, records located by the paper show and local media reported they couple’s divorce was final in March.
The horror unfolded in the town of Ponder, about 50 miles north-west of Dallas Wednesday morning May 16. According to authorities, police and fire officials were called to a home on the 600 block of Lone Star Park at around 8:30 a.m. The call to the Ponder Volunteer Fire Department, it was reported by local media, was for a self-inflicted gunshot victim and they were told to expect multiple victims. Police said their call was for a “possible murder in progress.”
Upon arrival, all responders found the disturbing scene with six people shot, including three children.
The news of the shooting was first released in a post on the Facebook page of the Ponder Volunteer Fire Department, that post was later removed at the request of the local sheriff’s department, reports the Denton Record-Chronicle.
At the scene, cops could be seen combing through a red Ford Focus with South Carolina tags that parked out in front of the home.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Police Say Painter Shot & Killed His Three Young Children
#NEW: Vigil tonight at 7:30pm for three children (pictured), man — killed in apparent murder-suicide in Ponder. The children’s mother says their father killed them. @CBSDFW pic.twitter.com/p2UVXTsnWw
— Tami Carr (@CarrTamicbs11) May 16, 2018
Capt. Orlando Hinojosa of the Denton County Sheriff’s Department said it appeared the children’s father, Painter, shot and killed his three children, toddlers and pre-school age youngsters, shot his ex-wife, her boyfriend and then shot himself.
Twitter/Valerie WigglesworthDenton County Sheriff’s Capt. Orlando Hinojosa
KWTX reports that that local school superintendent Bruce Yeager said that no children from that address were registered in the school district.
Facebook commenters confirmed and qualified that: “Ponder ISD sent an email to parents stating that the address didn’t belong to any students of the schools. Doesn’t mean there weren’t kids but the weren’t enrolled in Ponder at that address. That was basically all the email said, guessing that’s all they could be allowed to confirm.”
2. Sole Survivor Says ‘You Don’t Want to See What I See When I Close My Eyes’
Wednesday afternoon on one of her Facebook pages, …read more