2 teen girls, man fatally shot inside St. Charles condo
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 13, 2017,
Mar 13, 2017, 14:35
Two 9 mm handguns were found in the condominium where Randall Coffland and his twin, 16-year-old daughters Brittany and Tiffany Coffland lived, police said.
Police officials did tell journalists that they believe the incident to be a "murder-suicide".
While Brittany, Tiffany, and their father were found dead, the girls' mother was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
"We have three deceased individuals inside the apartment and one adult male and two teenage girls", said St. Charles Police Deputy Chief David Kintz.
School friend, Antonia Galla said she was shocked by the shooting because the Coffland family always appeared happy when she visited.
Police said officers were called to the condo in the 400 block of South 1st Street around 5 p.m. after neighbors heard gunshots.
Police say Anjum and Randall were married but living at separate addresses.
Police officials say, "this is a very hard scene for the first responders to work with".
"The report indicates that nothing physical happened" during the previous incident and no one was arrested, police say. But, a memorial outside the condominium has signs paying tribute to Tiffany and Brittany.
At the moment, it's still not clear why the man made a decision to murder his entire family, before turning the gun on himself. "I looked up and I noticed in that apartment they had the door open and I was thinking that's weird because it was so cold outside".
St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina in a statement on Saturday called the deaths "a horrific personal tragedy " for the city of St. Charles.
No other information was immediately available. Tiffany worked at a pet store and was remembered by friends for her passion for animals.
St. Charles East High School, where the twins were enrolled, asked students in a Facebook post to wear purple or blue to school Monday to honor the girls. Her personality. She was an awesome young girl.
She added that Brittany was more "kindhearted" as she was on the cheer squad at the school.
'We also pray for the greater community, all of us, that we will stand tall and provide calm and peace at such a tragic moment'.