Mom of Kzoo murder-suicide victim: ‘Who shoots a baby?’

Police investigating a possible murder-suicide in Kalamazoo Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A boy is in critical condition after a suspected murder-suicide shooting that killed his parents.

The mother of 25-year-old Julina Gale Gibson tells 24 Hour News 8 it was just after 6:30 a.m. Thursday when her daughter’s ex-boyfriend, Nicholas Allen Mitchell, came to their house, located in the 100 block of Emerson Street near Burdick Street in Kalamazoo.

Gibson’s mom said Mitchell and her daughter had been arguing about visitation of their 4-year-old son.

“The baby’s dad had the baby overnight, and he came to drop the baby off,” said Gibson’s mom, Linda Newkirk. “And he called my daughter. My daughter went outside to get him, which was unusual because usually he comes in the house.”

Newkirk says Mitchell killed her daughter and shot her grandson in the head in an instant.

“(Mitchell) shot her in the back of the head, and then he shot the baby, and then he shot himself,” said Newkirk.

“And by the time I got outside, I was shaking the baby, and the baby was crying, and he was all bloody,” Newkirk said. “And my daughter, I was shaking her, but she was already dead.”

A police source told 24 Hour News 8 the boy is in intensive care. In a news release late Thursday morning Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said the child was in critical condition and “life saving measures are currently underway.”

“My grandson is going to have brain damage because he (Mitchell) shot his own son in the head,” Newkirk said. “How do you do that? Who shoots a baby?”

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