Saturday, July 10, 2010

Gaston, NC: NC police: Man kills pregnant girlfriend, 2 kids; 7-year-old survived gunshot to the head

8:57 AM EDT, July 10, 2010
DALLAS, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say a 25-year-old man shot and killed his pregnant girlfriend and two of the couple's children, then killed himself.

Gaston County Police Capt. Joe Ramey said Friday that another child was shot in the head and is recovering at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. The Gaston Gazette reports the shootings happened in Dallas, about 25 miles east of Charlotte.

Ramey says the father, Austen Blake Minter, shot the woman and kids in the kitchen of their home sometime between midnight Thursday and 1 p.m. Friday.

The victims were identified as 24-year-old Tracy Lee Hedgepath; 6-year-old Austen Blake Minter II; and 3-year-old Serenity Tyvon Minter. The grisly scene wasn't discovered until Friday night, after Hedgepath's parents called 911 because the woman hadn't shown up for work.

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