By Associated Press - Sunday, August 9, 2015

STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The sheriff in Iredell County says a father shot and killed his 3-year-old and 4-year-old sons before turning the gun on himself.

Sheriff Darren Campbell said the father survived the self-inflicted wound early Sunday morning and was in surgery at a Charlotte hospital.

Campbell says officers were called to the home near Statesville around 3:30 a.m. by a man who said there was an intoxicated man firing a weapon.

The sheriff says the boys lived with their father and mother. Deputies are talking to the woman.

Campbell says he is not ready to release the names of the people involved.

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