Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tanya Thomas shoots her four children dead and then turns the gun on herself'

A mother-of-four killed her children and then herself early on Tuesday morning.

Sheriff's deputies in Brevard County, Florida said 33-year-old Tanya Thomas on Tuesday shot her four children, who ranged in age from 12 to 17.

They were Joel, 12, Jazlin, 13, Jaxs, 15, and Pebbles Johnson, 17, deputies said, all of whom lived at the Port St John property with their mother.

Their father, who has been told of their deaths, lives separately, but also in Brevard County, according to the New York Post.

A neighbour told deputies they were woken up by the gunshots and heard a knock at the door. Three of the victims, who appeared to have been shot, were standing there asking for help.

They said Thomas came out of her house and calmly called over to the kids to return home.

'She was very calm,' sheriff’s spokesman Tom Goodyear said of the neighbor’s report. 'She called them back and they walked back to the house.' Read More