Suzanna Brown Simpson: South Carolina Mom Kills Kids and Wounds Husband
A mother in South Carolina allegedly shot and killed her young kids, and wounded her husband before fleeing their house and crashing her truck.
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Paramedics reported to the site of the crash around 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning to find the woman, Suzanna Brown Simpson, 35, confess, "OK, OK, I shot my whole family." Police officers immediately went to the Pickens Country home, where Simpson's 5-year-old son Sawyer and 7-year-old daughter Carly were dead in their beds.
One of the Simpsons' neighbors, Tim O'Connor, heard the gunshots.
"I had just got out of bed," he said. "I was sitting there watching TV and drinking my coffee, and I heard boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. At first it sounded like whenever somebody's dumping a dumpster. And then it kept going on."
In addition to her kids, Simpson also allegedly shot her husband, Michael, 34, who remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. According to the Pickens Country Sheriff's Office, Simpson told a nurse after being hospitalized that she wanted to kill herself, but was unable to bring herself to do so.
"I shot my kids, then my husband and tried to shoot myself several times but couldn't do it," said Simpson at the hospital, according to the arrest warrant.
Authorities have no idea why Simpson decided to commit such a heinous act.
"I can tell you honestly that we have no idea at this time," said Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark.
Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins said that if convicted, Simpson could qualify for the death penalty, as the case involves multiple homicides and children younger than 11.
Four arrest warrants for Simpson have been signed: two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Simpson will be taken to county jail once she is released from the hospital, where she remains in serious condition.
"No matter how tough a cop you are, no matter how many people you have prosecuted-doesn't matter who you are," Clark said. "When kids are involved it's a whole different situation. It has gotten to us today."
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