Cleveland, OH – A father allegedly shot his 12-year-old daughter before killing himself, police said Monday.
According to Fox 8, police officers responded to a call of “trouble unknown” on the 2100 block of West 104th Street in Cleveland around 3:45 am. When they arrived at the scene, police said they found a 12-year-old with gunshot wounds to the chest as well as an unresponsive man with a gunshot wound to the head. EMS was called and the girl was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center where she is being treated for her injuries. Neither her name nor her condition was released.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. According to Cleveland.com, the man was identified as Robert Arnold.
Police spokesman Sgt. Sammy Morris said, “The preliminary investigation reveals that the 46-year-old man shot his 12-year-old daughter in the chest, then turned the gun on himself and took his own life.”
Further details were not available, and police are investigating the incident.
Sadly, this isn’t the first time a father has killed or attempted to kill his own family before taking his own life in recent weeks. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, a Texas man shot his estranged wife before killing himself at their daughter’s 16th birthday party. After Kelly Suckla and Kristi Suckla separated, Kristi and her teenage son and daughter moved into her parents’ house. The couple reportedly remained friendly despite the separation.
Kelly Suckla then went to his in-laws’ home for his daughter’s party and got into an argument with his estranged wife. He then took out a handgun and killed her before taking his own life. Neither the grandparents nor the couple’s children were hurt.
A neighbor said the couple had just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary and that Kristi and Kelly Suckla “got along so well so even when she moved to her parents, I just figured she’d be back in a little while.”