Too sad to even think about it.
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Florida man kills wife, 2 kids, himself, officials say - CNN.com
(CNN) -- A man shot and killed his wife and two of their children and then killed himself in central Florida on Sunday night, authorities said.
Troy Ryan Bellar, 34, used a high-powered rifle with a scope to shoot his 31-year-old wife, Wendy, when she tried to leave their home, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
Two of the couple's children -- 5-month-old Zack and 7-year-old Ryan -- also were killed, but a 13-year-old got away, with the father chasing and firing after him, officials said.
"It is beyond my understanding why a man would shoot and kill his 5-month-old baby boy, his 7-year-old baby boy, try to kill his 13-year-old son, shoot his wife and then turn the gun on himself," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. "There is no explanation for that."
The shootings happened in Lakeland, Florida, just east of Tampa.
When the shooting began, the couple's son, Nathan, ran out of the house and down the street -- with his dad chasing him through the garage and firing several shots, authorities said.
Nathan was unhurt and will be placed with family members.
Investigators do not know what led to the shooting, but believe it was preceded by "some kind of domestic disturbance," a statement from the sheriff's office said.
Bellar was arrested twice in Polk County: for aggravated assault in 1994, and for driving under the influence in 1999.
His wife was arrested in March for battery domestic violence.
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what a horror story...guy should have ate the gun and left the poor innocents alone. Why do these A-holes always have to kill others first ? I don't get it. I'm glad that Nathan escaped. Poor kid, it's going to be rough for him.
Prayers for the kid. I can warp the idea of getting so mad at the wife that shoot her and yourselve but shooting the kids. Screwed up.
Damn. And most likely, if only someone had called the police any of the previous times he had been abusive, he would've had a domestic and most likely lost that firearm of his. Although something tells me he still would've found a way to kill his family. I still don't understand what can drive a person so far taht they can kill anyone innocent, especially their own family?
Apparently the wife was abusive too. She has been arrested for domestic violence too.
Tragic... very sad.
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My heart is breaking for the surviving kid.
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He chased the oldest son down the street, shooting at him!!!
I can't even begin to understand why people do evil things such as this.
My heart goes out to the 13 year old. He will need a very loving family and intense counseling.
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That kid will need a lot of therapy. Did the father lose a job and go off the deep end? Thank God the kid survived. With the way the economy is I'm not suprised at any thing that happens.
Things fall apart, the center cannot hold.... Seems like a lot of things are just kinda falling apart nowadays. Hopefully the surviving child is able to recover. The fathers going to a special place in hell.
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