- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) - A man and two children are dead in what Wisconsin Rapids police say is an apparent double murder-suicide.

Lt. Brian Krzykowski tells The Associated Press the father of the children fatally shot them and then himself at their home in Wisconsin Rapids. Police were called to the house about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday to check on a distraught person.

Krzykowksi says when officers entered the home they encountered a strong natural gas smell and turned off the gas to the house. He says they found the bodies of the children, a 3-year-old girl and a boy, about 4, along with the father. All had suffered gunshot wounds.

Police say the mother of the children was not home when the shootings occurred. Krzykowski says the girlfriend of the father’s brother is the person who called officers to check on him.

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