According to deputies, both the mother and baby are in critical condition after the shooting.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A Vancouver woman and her baby are in critical condition after the woman’s husband shot her and the baby before turning the gun on himself, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Around 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday, officers responded to a report of a disturbance with a weapon at a home near Northwest 152nd Street and 4th Place in the Salmon Creek neighborhood in Vancouver. 

Deputies said a woman called 911 and said that her husband had shot her, their infant child and then shot himself. 

When deputies got to the home they found three people down on the floor with apparent gunshot wounds. Officers performed first aid before paramedics arrived. The woman’s husband was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was transported to a nearby hospital with gunshot wounds and underwent surgery. The infant was transported to a children’s hospital with a gunshot wound. According to deputies both mother and child are in critical condition.

“I would not expect this to happen here at all or anywhere,” said neighbor Rowdy Rusakov. “It’s just, it’s sad.” 

Rusakov and his girlfriend Emily Edmonds live around the corner from the home police responded to.

“Everybody’s really friendly and over the summer all the moms were out with their young children and playing,” said Edmonds. “I remember her coming out with her newborn.”

Investigators have not yet released the names of those involved as it’s an ongoing investigation.

What lead up to the shooting is still unknown. 

If you or someone you know is in a crisis or having thoughts of suicide, call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988. The lifeline can also be reached at its former number 1-800-273-8255 or online at 988lifeline.org. You can also text HELLO to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.


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