UPDATE: (6/17/2) MONROE, La — On Thursday, June 11th, around 7:45 pm, 30-year-old Brittany Tucker shot and killed her neighbor. She then went back into her own home where she shot and killed her four young children before turning the gun on herself.
Monroe police say the gun she used was a 380 caliber Ruger LCP. Sergeant Charles Johnson says on June 6th, five days before the deadly shooting, Tucker went to a locally licensed firearm dealer and bought the gun. The Monroe Police Department has investigated Tucker’s ATF form 4473; This is the form you must complete to purchase a gun.
Item 11-f asks, “have you ever been adjudicated as a mental defective or have you ever been committed to a mental institution.” Tucker marked no.
Investigators found that she may have provided what they’re calling “false information” to that question. Witnesses say not only had Tucker suffered mental health issues for years, but she also seemed to be experiencing a mental health crisis the night of the murders. Police aren’t saying which retailer tucker bought her gun from. We’ve reached out to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms for more details on this situation, we’re still waiting for a response.
UPDATE: (6/12/2020) MONROE, La. (KTVE/KARD) — Monroe Police Chief Reggie Brown has released more details surrounding last night’s apparent murder-suicide.
According to Chief Brown, the incident began just before 7:45 PM on Thursday night at the Parkview Apartment Complex and involved two shootings.
Witnesses say that 30-year-old Brittany Tucker had been experiencing mental health issues “for years.” According to those witnesses, Tucker was seen recently walking around with a gun and seemed to be experiencing a mental health crisis.
The first shooting took place in the parking lot. The victim, 20-year-old Antiesha Logwood, was talking with a friend when Tucker approached them and asked a question. Police say that Tucker then shot and killed Logwood before fleeing to her own apartment. Police also say that Logwood’s friend was not injured.
According to police, the second shooting occurred within Tucker’s apartment. They say that when Tucker went into her apartment, she killed her four children before taking her own life. The children’s ages range from 12 years old to only 6 months old.
Police say that Tucker purchased the firearm from a local gun store.
Officers are still investigating exactly how and why she was allowed to obtain the weapon.
Chief Brown is asking the public to call your local police department or 911 if you see someone with a history of mental health issues acting irrationally.
“Our hearts go out to her, to her mental state. We oftentimes depend on the community, who recognize people that are in a mental health crisis to give us a call so that we can respond and give them the help they need,” said Chief Brown.
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ORIGINAL: (6/11/2020) MONROE, La. (KTVE/KARD) — Around 7:44 pm on Thursday night, the Monroe Police Department received a call about a shooting at the Parkview Apartments in Monroe. Monroe Chief of Police, Reggie Brown, says once officers arrived on the scene they were able to confirm the shooting was a murder-suicide. Chief Brown says a mother shot several of her young kids and a number of them have died. Investigators say the mother was suffering from a mental illness and they believe that it contributed to the shooting. Police say the mother did buy a gun in the last few days and they are still investigating how she was able to get it. Chief Brown says this is a hard case as it is dealing with kids, but they are doing everything they can to bring comfort to the family.
“Right now we have a family that is suffering, that is hurting right now. Mental illness is always a tough thing to battle and deal with. Unfortunately, these things occur and right now we just want to pray for the family of the deceased and offer comfort and support to the family at this time,” said Reggie Brown, Monroe Chief of Police.
At this time Chief Brown would not confirm how many people were shot. This is an ongoing investigation and we will update you as more information become available.
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