Police discovered an unharmed 4-year-old girl at the scene of a shooting in the early hours of Friday morning, still in her bedroom. Her father had shot her mother and 15-year-old half-brother, Kevin Johnson, with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol in the middle of the night. When the young girl stumbled across her mother’s corpse her father told her to go back to bed. She stayed there and pretended to sleep until police found her hours later.
Katrina Banks, 31, was fatally shot by her fiancé, who killed her 15-year-old son and then himself in St. Louis on Thursday. The couple’s 4-year-old daughter pretended to be asleep during the attack. https://t.co/opdmEclfb6 pic.twitter.com/efid9y5UI3— The Trace (@teamtrace) 24 February 2018
Police were alerted to the shooting by an anonymous caller who refused to give their name, although they did say that police would find three bodies at the address. It is believed that the caller was the father who killed himself shortly after shooting his fiancée and stepson and then making the anonymous phonecall. The man has been identified as 31-year-old Dornubari Dugbor.
Police say they took the 4-year-old to the hospital as a precaution and are looking to release her to family members soon. Meanwhile they said they will continue their investigation of the premises.
31-year-old Dugbor became engaged to Katrina Banks last month. Talking to reporters, one of Katrina’s friends spoke of her character and determination:
“She was determined to be the best in the classroom. She was the student that her peers liked. She joined any activity that there was. She was that all around young lady.”
Police initially believed that the shooting was the consequence of a third party, with the possibility that an active shooter was still on the loose. This was due to some of the bullets looking as though they came through the front door. The Major Case Squad, however, clarified that it was, in fact, a murder suicide when they found Dugbor on the sofa with a pistol in one hand, a mobile phone in the other, and a bullet wound to the bottom of his chin.
Police are still trying to determine a motive. There are no records of police having ever been called to the premises before this incident, and relatives, when questioned, made no mention of any mental health issues or conflict in the relationship. Until the investigation proceeds there is no information on why this horrific crime took place.