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Police: Texas father killed 2 kids, wounded 2 and wife

Police: Texas father killed 2 kids, wounded 2 and wife
Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 12:37pm

Authorities say a gunman who killed himself after shooting a woman and her four children at their southeast Texas home was her husband and the children's father.

Bay City Police Lt. Andrew Lewis said Thursday that 24-year-old Jose Avila's 3- and 5-year-old sons died of their wounds at a hospital and that his wife and 2- and 4-year-old children are on life support.

Lewis says Avila apparently shot his wife three times during the Wednesday attack and killed himself with a shot to the head.

The shootings happened inside and outside the family's mobile home around the time a nearby school was letting out. At least one student witnessed the attack.

Witnesses told police Avila was walking around waving a gun. Bay City is 65 miles southwest of Houston.

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