|Jorge Duran III, age 3|
This was another domestic shooting as happen many times a week in our country. Children are often also injured or hurt when a man decides to shoot a girlfriend, partner or wife.A man fatally shot his estranged girlfriend and their 3-year-old son and wounded three others at a suburban Toledo apartment complex before he fired at officers and was shot to death, a police chief said Wednesday.Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer identified the gunman in Tuesday night's shootings as 24-year-old Jorge A. Duran II.Duran killed his estranged girlfriend, Amber Jones, 26, in one apartment, then took their 3-year-old son, Jorge III, to another apartment in the complex, where he shot the child and wounded three other adults, Hummer said.Duran came outside into the parking lot and fired at two Lake Township police officers who had responded to the call at about 9:40 p.m., Hummer said. One of the officers was SWAT-trained and fired back at Duran with an assault rifle."They ordered (Duran) to get to down on the ground. He refused to comply and then he opened fire," Hummer said. "They returned fire, mortally wounding the suspect."Hummer said he didn't know how many shots were fired or how many times Duran was hit. Neither officer was hurt.The wounded in the second apartment included a 45-year-old woman, a 39-year-old man and a 26-year-old man. Hummer said two of them were hospitalized in serious condition and one was in guarded condition. Their names were not released.
UPDATE (10/20/12): According to another article, the shooter purchased his gun only an hour before the shooting, passing a background check.
Chief Mark Hummer tells WNWO news, Jorge Duran, Jr. purchased the gun he used about an hour before the murders.
Chief Hummer says its unsettling that Duran was able to get the gun that easily at the Bass Pro Shops in Rossford because he had no criminal record, "Is it a little disconcerting that a gun was this easily procured legally prior to an event like this? So yes, obviously, there's going to be some concern there."
Bass Pro Shops says in addition to background checks if their employees feel suspicious about a gun buyer, they'll reject the application.
Despite those measures - there's no state law requiring tougher standards.