LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A man fatally shot his ex-girlfriend and their 8-year-old daughter, wounded his mother during a struggle and then killed himself at a Kentucky condominium complex, police said Thursday.
The shooter, Gary Stewart Jr., had a history of making threats against his former girlfriend and once had put a cocked gun to her head, according to the woman's petition for a protective order in 2010.
"I'm terrified he will seriously kill me to get me out of the way," Jillian Wood said in the petition. "I need him to have absolutely no contact with me."
The protective order required him to stay away from her and was in effect from early 2010 until early February this year. The order also had prohibited him from possessing a firearm.
Stewart and Wood were together on Wednesday along with other family members at his uncle's condominium to swim at the complex's pool. An argument broke out and the shooting began, said Louisville police Lt. Todd Kessinger.
"We don't know exactly what made the situation erupt," he said.
Two other relatives — the former couple's 12-year-old son and the gunman's uncle — fled the rampage that police called a premeditated murder-suicide.
Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Rita Taylor identified the two victims as Wood, 36, and her 8-year-old daughter, Shelby Stewart. Both died of multiple gunshot wounds, she said.
Stewart, 40, died of a single gunshot wound to the head, said Deputy Coroner R.D. Jones.
All three died at the scene.
Stewart's mother, who was not identified by police, was in critical condition Thursday at University of Louisville Hospital, Kessinger said. The woman, described by police as being in her 60s, was shot multiple times, he said.
Police had not found any note left by Stewart.
"We do feel that it was premeditated," Kessinger said. "They had been together all day long."
Stewart pulled out a handgun after the argument erupted in his uncle's condo, Kessinger said.
The gunman shot his ex-girlfriend and then their young daughter, the police spokesman said. During the shootings, Stewart struggled with his mother for the weapon, he said.