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Volusia Co. Sheriff: Dad Fatally Shoots Two Kids, Himself

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Posted at 10:11 AM, Oct 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-18 14:39:46-04

PORT ORANGE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Florida man fatally shot two of his children and critically injured another, then turned the gun on himself after an argument with his wife.

Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson says the man, an 11-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl died in the shooting, early Friday in a neighborhood south of Daytona Beach. Johnson says a 9-year-old girl was taken to an Orlando hospital with critical injuries.

Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson says the mother fled to a neighbor's house to get help. The sheriff's office received a call at 5:11 a.m. The woman told deputies that her husband had threatened her with a gun during the argument.

Davidson says the woman wasn't injured.

The shooting occurred in a home in the Spruce Creek Farms subdivision of Port Orange, which is about five miles south of Daytona Beach.