A DeSoto Parish Community in Shock over Double-Murder Suicide
The DeSoto Parish community near Frierson is reeling today after news of an early morning triple murder that happened at a residence there. DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Lt. Tony Morris told KEEL News, a father shot his two young sons and then turned the gun on himself.
39-year-old Scott Swanson shot his two sons, 7-year-old Alton and 4-year-old Jacob in the head with a handgun he owned, then turned the gun on himself. Lt. Morris says the bodies were found in the children’s bedroom. He says the house belonged to the grandmother, whose daughter, the grandchildren and children’s father all lived with her.
He says the mother told him the couple had a disagreement last night, but when she went to bed she had no prior warning that such a horrific tragedy would happen. She awoke to the sound of gun shots in the wee hours of the morning.
Today, crisis counselors were on hand at North DeSoto Elementary School, where Alton was a student. They’re offering help to students struggling to handle the shock and grief over this terrible crime.
As the community is mourning, people are praying for help in handling this sad situation.
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