Sheriff: Apparent murder attempt/suicide near Mabton

YAKIMA SHERIFF'S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE -- On 09-16-2012 at about 1805 hours the Yakima County Sheriff's Office was advised by a young child that there had been a shooting in the 3000 block of Grandview Pavement Rd.

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The young child reported in substance that her father had shot her mother and it appears preliminarily, he then shot himself.

The father has been identified as a 32 year old resident of the area and is deceased. The mother has been identified as a 36 year old female also from the Sunnyside area.

The mother was transported by ambulance to a hospital and at last report was in surgery. Her condition is not immediately available.

It appears preliminarily that the male and female had been estranged for some time.

The female came by the residence to pick up the children when she and her estranged husband quarreled and the male shot his wife.

The male then directed his children, that had been in another room, to go outside. The male then called a family member to come and take custody of the children at which time the children, now outside of the residence, heard more gun shots.

Yakima County Sheriff's detectives continue to investigate. Further inquiries in this case should be directed to Yakima County Sheriff's Detective Sergeant Udell.