TACOMA, Wash. -- Investigators believe a Graham-area man killed his five children and then himself Saturday after learning his wife was leaving him for another man, a Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman said today.
“This is our theory of what happened,” spokesman Ed Troyer said. “We’re still working to lock down everybody’s account of what happened and when.”
Authorities believe the man, identified by a family member as James Harrison, shot his five children, ages 7 to 16, to death early Saturday in their home between Graham and Orting, east of Tacoma.
The father’s body was found later Saturday in an SUV near the Muckleshoot tribal casino. The man, believed to be a security guard at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, apparently shot himself to death with a rife, investigators said.
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