SPRINGFIELD, Fla. (WMBB) – A five-year-old girl was shot and killed by her mother in what police are calling a murder-suicide.
According to the Springfield Police Department, they received a 911 call shortly after 11:30 p.m. Sunday and responded to the 500 block of N. Everitt Avenue.
Officers said they then spoke to a 15-year-old girl who said she woke up to her mother pointing a gun at her in their home.
In a news release, officers wrote that she fled the home and headed to a neighbor’s home. While doing so, she said she heard gunshots.
Several attempts were made to contact the mother but law enforcement received no response which then led them to force their way into the home where they found the mother dead on the living room floor from a single gunshot wound. Officers said the gun was still in her hand.
Her other child, a five-year-old girl, was found dead in the home as well.
Neighbors say the mother and her daughters have lived there for several years and were a pleasure to be around. That leaves officials wondering what went wrong.
“its been pretty good, she helped us out through Hurricane Michael, I had no problems with her– just like a good friend.” said Neighbor, Chris Bennett.
The Bay County Sheriff’s Office and the Parker Police Department assisted in the investigation.
“there’s no sign of any substance abuse in the home. There’s no physical allegations of physical abuse at this time. The investigation is still ongoing. We’re still trying to figure out what the background of the family dynamics are. It appears that mom might have had some problems. Nothing was ever reported to us. I don’t know if it was reported to anyone else, but from what we have found out so far there was no ongoing intervention at this time.” said Springfield Police Chief, Barry Roberts.
Bay District Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt released a statement after hearing of this tragedy faced by the 15 year old local high school student:
“We are aware of the tragic situation involving the shooting in Springfield and our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of those involved. Our trauma team has been working throughout the day today with those impacted and we will continue to do all we can to support our student, her family members and friends. I am so proud of the myriad of ways in which our educators support our students, in good times and tragic times, and I know that we will circle the wagons once more and lift this young lady up in every way possible. This is just another great reminder that public schools are on the frontlines with our students and we will always do everything possible to take care of our young people. We appreciate our trusted law enforcement partners and their work in this case as well as the care, concern and ongoing support from our trauma team members and the teachers who love and work with our student. No child should have to suffer an immense trauma like this and we will do all we can to support her.”
SPRINGFIELD, Fla. (WMBB) – According to Springfield Police, officers are investigating a murder-suicide at a home on Everitt Avenue.
It happened late Sunday night.
The department said they would release more information later on Monday.