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Florida mom shot children at point-blank range, used hollow point bullets: repor

The crazed Florida mom who allegedly killed her four children before killing herself last week pumped 18 hollow-point rounds into the kids, some at point-blank range, according to a coroner's report.

Tonya Thomas reloaded her Taurus .38-caliber revolver three times to finish the children off before turning the gun on herself in the garage of the family's Port St. John home on May 15, Florida Today reported.

Details of the slayings are chilling.

According to Florida Today's review of the report, the 33-year-old single mom pressed the weapon directly to her 15-year-old son Jaxs' chest and then fired three times.

Jaxs' younger sister, Jazzlyn, 13, was shot most, seven times.

Two blasts were fired while the gun was pressed against her chest. Her body was found in the home's entry hall.

Her brother Joel, 12, lay nearby with five gunshot wounds, including one that pierced his heart.

Pebbles, 17, who was found dead on the front lawn, was shot three times from more than two feet away, the report said.

EARLIER: NEIGHBORS TURNED AWAY KIDS WHO CAME FOR HELP

MOM SHOOTS 4 CHILDREN, THEN HERSELF

Thomas' pistol held six shots. Authorities estimated it took her around 20 seconds to reload it each time.

Local gun shop owner Herb Stratton told Florida Today the hollow-points are especially lethal.

The rounds cause "the maximum amount of damage" because they expand outwards after hitting their target — a process known as mushrooming, Stratton said.

Cops said last week that three of the children fled to a neighbor's house early Tuesday morning and told the couple living there that their mother had shot them.

The chaotic scene at the neighbor's house was captured in 911 calls released on Wednesday.

The female neighbor first told dispatchers that one of the children shot their mother, and both she and her husband were recorded shouting at the children to go away.

The husband said one of the children was bleeding outside his front door, but then suddenly disappeared.

Police said Thomas called the children back to her home before killing them.

Cops haven't released a motive for the killings.

At a funeral for the five held at Temple Baptist Church in Titusville on Monday, Jarvis Walsh, the family's pastor, urged mourners to show forgiveness.

"It was God's will, it was God's plan. God could have stopped it, but he didn't," Walsh said, according to Florida Today.


 


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Locations : FloridaTitusville
People : Herb StrattonJarvis WalshJazzlynJoelTHEN HERSELFTonya Thomas




 
05/23/2012 5:18AM
Florida mom shot children at point-blank range, used hollow point bullets: report
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