Authorities: Missouri man shot girlfriend, her kids, mother

By – Associated Press – Saturday, December 29, 2018

ST. , Mo. (AP) – A -area man shot his girlfriend, her two young children and her mother in the home they all shared, authorities said Saturday. He exchanged gunfire with officers as he fled and was captured several hours later in a convenience store, covered in blood and wounded.

Prosecutors filed 15 charges against of , Missouri, including first-degree murder, assault and attempted robbery. Authorities said , 46, abandoned his own pickup and tried unsuccessfully to steal a woman’s car while on the run, attacking her as well.

remained in a local hospital with two gunshot wounds that authorities said did not appear self-inflicted and most likely came from the shootout with officers. St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney said investigators did not know the motive for the shootings as of Saturday evening.

“We may never know,” said during a news conference. “This one in particular was the worst example of a domestic violence case. Anytime you have a domestic violence case you worry about the safety of the victim, and this would be your worst nightmare.”

St. is a city of about 70,000 residents on the Missouri River northwest of . Officials said it’s had of spate of deadly domestic violence incidents recently – with six deaths in the past eight days that said are unrelated.

Officials said police received a call just before midnight Friday about a shooting at the house where and the victims lived. said officers later found three victims dead of gunshot wounds in one bedroom. They were Zoe Kasten, 8; her brother, Jonathan Kasten, 10; and their grandmother, Jane Moeckel, 61.

Officers found the fourth victim, a 39-year-old woman, in the home’s master bedroom, suffering from gunshot wounds but still alive, said. She was taken to an area hospital, where she died.

Authorities did not name the fourth victim but described her as the children’s mother, the daughter of the older woman and ’s girlfriend.

The initial call came to police came from inside the house, and said investigators believe Moeckel made it.

“During that phone call, the 911 operator could hear gunshots in the background,” St. Charles Police Lt. Tom Wilkison said.

said attempted to flee in his pickup and was stopped by a police car. He and the officers exchanged shots, and he fled on foot.

Authorities described his attempt to steal another vehicle as a carjacking and said she stabbed its female driver seven times. They said her injuries were not life-threatening.

The area is wooded, and said was able to elude police in the dark. But when he sought shelter in the bathroom of the convenience store a few miles away, an employee ed police, said.

Each of the charges against carries a possible penalty of 30 years to life in prison, said, adding that more charges are possible and seeking the death penalty is an option under Missouri law.

“It’s premature for us to make any sort of pronouncement about that right now, but I can tell you this thing looks and smells like a death penalty case,” he said.


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