A man who may have suspected his wife was having an affair killed her and their two sons before turning the gun on himself, cops say.
Florida cops found four people dead after responding to a 911 call at the family’s home on Sunday morning.
Mark Joseph, 43, had told dispatchers that he had shot his wife and teenage children and then said he intended to shoot himself and that the door would be unlocked.
There was no evidence of a struggle.
“The investigation, which is ongoing, has revealed a possible motive; Mark suspected Marie was having an affair,” Haines City police said, according to WTSP.
Marie Joseph, also 43, was found lying on a couch with her husband in a nearby chair.
Darren Joseph, 18, and Markus Joseph, 14, were found in their beds.
All four had gunshot wounds to the head, and Marie Joseph had also been shot in the shoulder.
The quadruple shooting took place in a gated community.
“The kid was just graduating from my old high school that I graduated from,” local resident Carmen Wooser told Bay News 9.
“And the 14-year-old, he was probably in high school, freshman year, and it was just very sad because there’s no real rhyme or reason why he did that.”
Haines City Police Chief Jim Elensky said that “we cannot understand the unwarranted and senseless nature of this tragedy and the poignant reminder of the suffering that family and friends will now endure.”
It is believed that Mark Joseph owned the weapon that was used in the mass shooting.
Joseph worked at a warehouse and also with Allied Universal Security Service, according to WTSP.
“We are extremely disheartened about this tragic incident and offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of the deceased,” Allied Universal said in a statement.
The security company is “fully cooperating with law enforcement authorities in the investigation.”
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