Police have negotiated the release of two girls from a house in Meridian where a shooting that killed three adults has occurred, according to Meridian Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea.
Around 3 p.m., the shooter, an unidentified 39-year-old man, arrived at a house in the 4900 block of West Charles Street (near Black Cat Road and Cherry Lane), where “a fight ensued” with a 47-year-old man and 40-year-old woman, both of whom the suspect shot with a handgun. Both died at the scene, Basterrechea confirmed around 7 p.m.
The shooter was known to the victims, Basterrechea said, but their relationship wasn’t immediately clear.
Earlier in the evening, the suspect told police he believed the victims were deceased. He then cut off communication with police. A short time later, he shot and killed himself, Basterrechea said.
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A 13-year-old girl escaped the house around the time of the initial shooting and ran to a neighbor’s house to get help.
Two other young girls — ages 10 and 11 — were in the house, and the shooter let each go separately through police negotiations, Basterrechea said.
Multiple agencies responded to the scene, including a local SWAT team. The Meridian Police Department is urging the public to avoid the area.
This is a breaking news story. We’ll update this article as we learn more.