Man kills pregnant wife, stepson then himself in murder-suicide

A man shot and killed his 23-year-old pregnant wife and her toddler son before turning the gun on himself in a horrific murder-suicide, authorities in the US said.

Police believe David Wayne Priest, 24, from Van Buren, Arkansas, opened fire inside the family’s apartment early on Sunday during an argument, local outlet 40/29 News reported.

A neighbour living in the other half of their duplex called 911 around 12.40am and said bullets had torn through his wall, with one even striking his headboard, right above where he and his wife had been sleeping.

Officers with the Van Buren Police Department arrived to find Paiden Nicole Priest and her two-year-old son, Grayson Alexander Beckham, dead of gunshot wounds.

According to cops, David was still alive, though he later succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.

“This is one of the worst cases that we’ve had to ever deal with,” Sgt Jonathan Wear said. “But we do believe that this was done by David Priest.”

Neighbours heard arguing coming from the couple’s apartment shortly before the shooting, he added.

Police said Paiden had been in the third trimester of her pregnancy. David was her two-year-old child’s stepfather.

“A couple weeks back they were all playing outside,” neighbour Sarah Beals recalled to the outlet, adding that the family had always been “nice” and “sweet.”

“The wife’s beautiful and she was so pretty and the child was so sweet, so kind.

“No innocent life should be taken and a child not even born yet and a toddler — no life should be taken.”

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission

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