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Police: Man shoots wife, daughter before killing himself

Updated Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 | 3:24 p.m.

North Las Vegas shooting, standoff

A 49-year-old man opened fire Tuesday in his North Las Vegas home, wounding his daughter and wife before turning the gun on himself at the end of a six-hour standoff with police, authorities said.

Clark County Coroner’s Office officials identified the suspected gunman as Soontorn Rachchusiri, 49, of North Las Vegas. North Las Vegas Police earlier incorrectly reported the suspected gunman’s age as 67 years old.

Police said Rachchusiri 's wife was critically wounded and his daughter suffered a non-life-threatening injury.

North Las Vegas Police responded about 9:10 p.m. Tuesday to reports of multiple gunshots at a home in the 2000 block of Cardigan Avenue, near Gowan Road and Clayton Street.

Preliminary investigation indicated Rachchusiri had been arguing with his 42-year-old wife when his 24-year-old daughter tried to intervene.

The man pulled out a gun and shot his daughter and then his wife, North Las Vegas Police spokeswoman Chrissie Coon said.

The 24-year-old woman escaped to a neighbor’s home. A 15-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl inside the home fled to the roof when they heard the shots, and an elderly man escaped uninjured, Coon said.

Arriving officers could see the man’s wife on the floor severely injured, Coon said. Rachchusiri remained barricaded in the home with several firearms, Coon said

Police rescued the children from the roof unharmed; the 24-year-old woman was transported to University Medical Center.

After six hours, SWAT officers entered the home and found Rachchusiri dead from a gunshot wound and his wife suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The woman was transported to University Medical Center in critical condition, Coon said.

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