St. Louis-area mom, 2 children killed; baby taken, but safe

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A St. Louis area man fatally shot and killed his estranged wife and two of their children before escaping with the couple’s baby, who was later brought to safety, and killed himself hours later on Friday as an officer approached him. Authorities said.

The murders occurred late Thursday in northern St. Louis County, St. Louis County police spokeswoman Tracy Panus said. Police identified the victims on Friday as Roseann McCulley, 34, her 13-year-old son Kayden Johnson and their 6-year-old daughter Kaylee Brooks.

Officials responding to a shooting report found that all three victims had been shot. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police also learned that a 1-year-old girl had been captured – the daughter of Roseann McCulley and the alleged gunman, 35-year-old Bobby McCulley III. The two children killed were not McCulley’s biological children, police said.

Court records show that Bobby McCulley III filed for divorce on February 28th.

McCulley entered the house with a gun on Thursday night and detained the family for a few hours before killing them, police said.

An Amber Alert was issued and the baby was taken to safety with relatives just before 5 a.m. Friday.

In the meantime, the police started a manhunt for the shooter. Police said officers were approaching McCulley when he fatally shot himself.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol tweeted that the 1-year-old was being rushed to hospital as a precautionary measure to be examined by doctors.

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