The Latest: Police name suspect in killing of 3 children

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Posted: Dec 06, 2016 7:16 PM
The Latest: Police name suspect in killing of 3 children

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly shooting in southeast Albuquerque (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

Police in New Mexico have identified a man suspected of killing three children and critically wounding their mother before shooting himself.

Police said Tuesday that 45-year-old George Daniel Wechsler shot the family after he broke into their Albuquerque home and waited for them.

Police Chief Gordon Eden said the victims included 5- and 9-year-old boys and a 6-year-old girl.

Eden said Wechsler died at a hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot. Authorities believe he had a short relationship with the mother, who was listed in critical condition.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she was "heartbroken over this horrible and senseless act of violence."

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Albuquerque police say three children were killed and their mother is in critical condition after a gunman shot them when they arrived home Monday night.

Police Chief Gordon Eden said during a news conference Tuesday that investigators believe the 45-year-old man forced his way into the home and waited for the mother and the children.

While he did not release any names, Eden said the victims included a 5-year-old boy, a 6-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.

Eden said the gunman was taken to the hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and later died. Authorities believe the man had a short relationship with the mother.

Mayor Richard Berry described the incident as unimaginable and heartbreaking.

The mayor called for the city to come together as investigators try to determine what happened.

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3:37 a.m.

Authorities say a woman and three children were rushed to a hospital following a shooting in southeast Albuquerque.

Police spokesman Fred Duran says the violence erupted Monday evening in the Four Hills neighborhood.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2hdsVSm ) that details of the incident remain sketchy and police have not provided information about the four people, including about any injuries they might have suffered.

The paper says that while police also wouldn't discuss anything about any possible suspect, they did say that no suspects were at large.

Duran says two homes in the neighborhood were involved in the incident.

The paper reports that multiple ambulances could be seen leaving the scene around 7 p.m.