A Massachusetts man shot two of his children, killing one of them and wounding the other, before he turned the gun on himself and committed suicide, police said.
When Oxford police arrived at the Benway home at about 5 p.m. Saturday, they found Daryl Benway, 41, and his daughter Abigail, 7, dead on the floor in the master bedroom, They found Owen, 9, shot in the head on the kitchen floor, but still alive.
"It doesn’t get much worse than this. It is a horrible scene," Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early said at a press conference.
It happened during a thunder storm, masking the sound for everyone but Benway’s brother, who lived on the first floor of the home and called police, Owen was taken to the pediatric intensive care unit of a nearby UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center in Worcester, where he was in serious condition, according to WCVB.
Benway had separated from his wife three or four weeks ago and had no criminal record, according to WCVB.
According to Benway’s Facebook page, he worked for TJX Companies, which owns retail stores including TJ Maxx and Marshalls. Friends who have written on his profile expressed loss and confusion. Some wrote that they think he’s innocent.