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Woman in Fair Condition Following Attempted Murder-Suicide

Posted December 9, 2007 11:14 p.m. EST
Updated December 9, 2007 11:23 p.m. EST

— Police say four children were in the next room when their father shot their mother before turning the gun on himself Saturday in Wendell.

Jose De La Cruz shot Eolilma Carrascal in the back before killing himself, according to police. Investigators say it happened in the family's home at 403 W. Third St. around 8 p.m.

Carrascal was still in the hospital Sunday night and was upgraded to fair condition.

The couple's four children, ages 10 to 17, were there at the time. The oldest son called 911. Officers say the kids have not said much about what they saw.

“They seem to be holding up pretty well. I saw a couple of the younger kids, and they seem to be doing well. And the older one did not have a lot to say,” said Wendell police Sgt. Bobby Langston.

The children are in the care of family members in the area, police said.