LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man chased and gunned down his wife outside a drug store and killed their three children at an apartment in Las Vegas before apparently shooting himself, leaving five members of a family dead, authorities said Thursday.
It appears the father killed himself in a bedroom, where he and the kids were found Wednesday night, police Lt. Dan McGrath said. The children ranged in age from 9 to 15, and it was not clear when they died.
The Clark County coroner's office identified the woman and children as Phoukeo Dej-oudom, 35; Dalavanh Ariel Dej-oudom, a 15-year-old girl; and two boys, Anhurak Jason Dej-oudom, 9, and Xonajuk J.J. Dej-oudom, 14.
The father has not been identified.
The woman was shot and killed around 7:30 p.m. as she ran screaming through the parking lot of a Walgreens store, police said.
A relative of the husband contacted police about half an hour later after getting a text message from him suggesting he was distraught and suicidal at the apartment, McGrath said.
This story has been corrected to show that the bodies were found Wednesday night, not Thursday.