(Reuters) – A gunman in Arkansas who killed three people, including a 12-year-old girl, and wounded four others before taking his own life had been released recently from a mental health treatment hospital, police said on Sunday.
Hernandez entered a home near Jonesboro, about 130 miles northeast of Little Rock, armed with a .357 magnum handgun and opened fire, killing a 38-year-old man and a 12-year-old girl, Yates said. The girl’s age was originally thought to be 13.
Four other people in the home were wounded, including boys aged 10 and 8 and two adults aged 43 and 36. The 10-year-old victim was upgraded to stable condition on Sunday, while the other three remained critical, police said.
A short distance from the home, a 31-year-old man was found shot and killed at his place of employment by the same gun, Yates said.
Hernandez was found in the driver’s seat of a vehicle on a highway, dead of a gunshot wound.
The motive for the shooting spree was not yet clear. Hernandez was released from a mental health facility just days beforehand, and police were trying to determine how he obtained the gun, Yates said.
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Marguerita Choy)