Three dead in Dauphin County murder-suicide

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UPDATE, Monday, 2 p.m.: Police have identified the female victim as Nightflower Staats, 44. Her 7-year-old son was also killed.

The gunman is identified as Staats' estranged husband, Marvin Caddell, 49.


“How can they confirm three people dead? We stay in the apartment building but we don’t know nothing,” said Bawi Theng, who lives on South Union Street in Middletown.

Theng says he’s feeling scared, after watching from his apartment window as police pulled three dead bodies from his apartment building.

“I don’t hear anything, any noise. Last night the police come in, they called every door,” said Theng.

Middletown Borough Police discovered multiple fatalities after being called to a welfare check around 10 o'clock saturday night.

Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo confirms the incident was a murder-suicide.

He says a male and female were shot, and the gunman then turned the gun on himself.

The names of the victims will not be released until family is notified, but Monday morning the Dauphin County Coroner's Office confirmed that the victims were a 7-year-old boy and his 44-year-old mother.

The gunman was a 49-year-old man, according to Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick. The gunman was the father of the child and husband of the female victim, Hetrick's office said.

The coroner continues to work with law enforcement on the investigation.

Police say this is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public. But Theng still says the incident has him uneasy.

“I’m feeling not good, because I’m an Asian Refugee. I came to the United States. I’m really scared. I have kids, I have family," said Theng.

More details are expected  in the coming days from police and the Dauphin County Coroner.


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