PORT ORANGE, Fla. (AP) — 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, law enforcement officials said.
David Mohney, 52; 11-year-old David Mohney; and 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 and his wife, Cynthia Mohney, 48, had filed for divorce and had at least one previous issue with domestic violence, according to court records.
After the fight broke out Friday, Cynthia Mohney fled to a neighbor’s house to get help, 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 two girls were in an upstairs bedroom together, the boy was in a bedroom on the ground floor, Their father was found on the kitchen floor with a handgun next to him.
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.
Court records in Volusia County indicate that the couple filed for divorce May 8 and that an incident of domestic violence took place June 18. David Mohney filed a petition for injunction for protection against his wife on June 3 and filed for a voluntary dismissal of the injunction on June 18, Davidson said.
Further details were not immediately available on divorce proceedings or on the domestic violence incident.
David Mohney graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Port Orange campus in September 2013 with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. According to the Florida Department of Health’s website, Mohney was not licensed to practice chiropractic medicine in the state.
Cynthia Mohney is a licensed physician at a medical office in central Florida. Her employer did not return a message left by The Associated Press on Friday afternoon.
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