Florida police: Dad fatally shoots 2 kids, himself

Associated Press

Port Orange, Fla. — A man shot his three children, killing two, and then turned the gun on himself after an argument with his wife at their central Florida home Friday morning, sheriff’s officials said.

David Mohney, 52; 11-year-old David Mohney; 14-year-old Savanna Mohney died in the shooting at the home just south of Daytona Beach, Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson said.

Lauren Mohney, 9, also was shot by her father and was taken to an Orlando hospital with critical injuries, Johnson said.

“It’s very tough,” Johnson said at a news conference outside the family’s home. “It’s basically a cowardly event. If he wants to commit suicide, let him commit suicide. To shoot the children, that’s cowardly.”

David Mohney’s wife, Cynthia Mohney, 48, fled to a neighbor’s house to get help after the fight broke out, and she told deputies that her husband had threatened her with a gun, officials said. They said she wasn’t injured, and investigators were questioning her Friday morning.

Deputies received a call about the incident at 5:11 a.m. A short time later, the sound of gunfire was heard inside the Port Orange home. Arriving deputies found the man and children inside.

The son was pronounced dead at the scene. The father and 14-year-old daughter were taken a Daytona Beach hospital, where they were both pronounced dead.