2 die in Kalamazoo murder-suicide; child, 4, critically hurt

November 9, 2017

A crime scene investigator with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety works the scene of a shooting, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Police said three people were shot, including two fatally, at a home in southwestern Michigan following what was described as a family disturbance. (Mark Bugnask /Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man and woman have died in a murder-suicide and their 4-year-old child is in critical condition.

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Assistant Chief Vernon Coakley said the shootings Thursday morning killed Julina G. Gibson and Nicholas A. Mitchell. He said during a news conference that the couple was estranged.

Gibson’s mother, Linda Newkirk, told WOOD-TV the shooting occurred while Mitchell was dropping off the child after an overnight visit. She said her daughter and Mitchell had been arguing about visitation of the boy.

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