Tuesday, September 30, 2014
"WILLARD, MO — Investigators with the Greene County Sheriff's Department have identified two people shot to death Monday night. They now consider the shootings to be a murder/suicide.
"Sandra Pendergrass, 48, of Bois D'Arc, was found shot to death in the road in the 600 block of Pershing in Willard, Missouri about 7:30pm.
"Witnesses called deputies after seeing a man point a gun at Pendergrass on Farm Road 124, then drive off with her in a pickup truck.
"Investigators then went to Dade County, where they found Pendergrass' estranged husband, Todd Pendergrass, 48, dead of apparent suicide.
"Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott released a statement Tuesday, saying; `Investigators learned that Todd Pendergrass had confessed to killing Sandra to his daughter and brother before taking his own life. Our condolences are with the Pendergrass family as they cope with this double tragedy.`
"Autopsies on the couple are scheduled later this week. Arnott says the investigation is still on-going."
Monday, September 29, 2014
"SOUTHPORT, FL — SOUTHPORT — John Steve Bowen shot Donna Maria Merendino twice before turning the gun on himself at their home on 1327 10th St, according to preliminary findings released by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.
"Autopsies were completed on Monday and a forensic analysis by the BCSO Crime Scene Unit corroborated the preliminary findings.
"Bowen, 46, killed Merendino, 44, with two shots from a short-barrel shotgun on Friday before killing himself, the BCSO reported. Toxicology reports are still pending."
From the News Herald...
"LOS ANGELES, CA — Two men died in the Willowbrook neighborhood of Los Angeles early Sunday after one of the men was shot trying to wrest control of a handgun from the other, who then appeared to turn the weapon on himself, authorities said.
"The shootings occurred about 1 a.m. in the 400 block of East 138th Street, a few miles east of Compton, authorities said.
"The victims were hanging out with a group of people in front of a residential building when one man pulled out a handgun, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Another man who tried to grab the gun was shot.
"The gunman then appeared to turn the handgun on himself, according to the sheriff's statement.
"The first gunshot victim died at the scene, authorities said. The gunman was taken to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries. No other injuries were reported
"Los Angeles County Coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz identified Dominique Barnett, 24, of Los Angeles, as the man who died at the scene and Jerrod Taylor, 23, also of Los Angeles, as the man who died at the hospital.
"Authorities said they don't know whether the shootings were accidental or if the gunman was attempting to commit murder or suicide. It's unclear what relationship the men had.
"`This one's kind of sticky,` said Sgt. Edmundo Hummel of the Sheriff's Department Headquarters Bureau. `They're trying to figure out what happened and we won't know for a while.`
"Sheriff's deputies found a handgun at the site of the shooting."
Source: LA Times...
"CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — The Nueces County Medical Examiner identified Friday the two victims in what police believe may have been a murder/suicide that took place in this city's southside Thursday evening.
"It was around 3:40 p.m. Thursday when police were called out 7913 Etienne Drive in the Kings Crossing area after receiving reports of shots fired in the area. Once there, officers discovered the body of 42-year old Patricia Askew laying in the street and 51-year old David Askew near the front door of a house. Both had apparent gunshot wounds.
"Police called for EMS crews from the Corpus Christi Fire Department to treat the man and woman, but both were pronounced dead at the scene.
"Investigators say they have no information to support the possibility of a third person involved in the shooting. The investigation is ongoing."
"PRENTISS, MS — According to Jefferson Davis County Sheriff Ron Strickland, and man and a woman are dead in a murder/suicide on Friday.
"The incident occurred around 3:00 p.m. at 6 Baggett Road.
"According to Strickland the man and woman were separated but still married.
"Authorities identified the male who allegedly shot his wife in the front yard, and went inside the residence and took his own life.
"The cause of the incident is not known at this time and remains under investigation."