Children flee before apparent murder-suicide in Missouri

FLORISSANT, Mo. – Authorities suspect a husband of fatally shooting his wife and then killing himself after their children heard arguing and fled to a neighbor’s home.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the neighbor to whose home the children fled went to investigate and found 40-year-old Linda Abukanan and 43-year-old Mahmoud Abukanan dead Sunday night in the basement of their Florissant home. Police say the wife had been shot multiple times, and the husband once. A gun also was found at the scene.

No one else at the home was hurt. Police Chief Timothy Lowery says the couple had six children together, five of whom were living in the home with their parents and one who is an adult.

The couple had moved into the home in November.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com