A dispute over whether a terminally ill woman should have been given tea and toast or an orange apparently upset her husband so much that he shot and killed two of the woman's sisters and his own son before killing himself, a US sheriff says.
The sick woman, Darlene Gilkey, witnessed the shootings from a hospital bed in her living room Ohio, but wasn't hurt, Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North said. The 59-year-old is dying of cancer, he said.
The woman's son, Ralph Sowers III, survived the shooting after his stepfather, Paul Gilkey, ordered him out of the house, Sheriff North said. After the shootings on Monday afternoon, Paul Gilkey, 63, stepped out onto his front porch, sat down in a chair and shot himself, the sheriff said.
Killed at the home were Darlene Gilkey's sisters, Barbara Mohler, 70, and Dorothy Cherry, 63. Also killed was Paul Gilkey's son, Leroy Gilkey, 38. Sheriff North said events leading to the shootings began earlier in the day when some of the victims had apparently served Darlene Gilkey tea and toast after Paul Gilkey had already peeled an orange for her.
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