Police released additional details of the episode on Wednesday, including the circumstances under which they shot the gunman, who they said took the boy hostage after killing two women.
The episode began around 11 a.m. Tuesday, when police were called to an apartment complex on Stonelake Cove Avenue, officials said. The appellant had heard gunshots and saw someone with a possible gunshot wound in a doorway, police said.
When officers arrived at the compound, they found two women in their 30s who had been fatally shot, police said on Wednesday. They also found a 16-year-old girl who had been shot but was alive, police said.
Then, police said, officers found the shooter, a resident of the compound who they identified as Jason Neo Bourne, 38. He was “barricaded in a nearby vehicle” and was holding a boy hostage.
“As the police attempted a de-escalation dialogue with the suspect, the suspect brought his gun to the juvenile’s head, resulting in a shootout involving a police officer,” police said in a statement Wednesday.
The 12-year-old boy and Mr. Bourne both died at the scene, police said. Police said they determined that Mr. Bourne fired “inside the vehicle several times”.
Police did not say how many shots were fired or by whom they were fired. It was also unclear what led to the initial shooting, but they said Mr. Bourne lived in the apartment above the victims. The names of the victims have not been released.
Police Department spokesperson Officer Katrina Farrell said the case was “still under investigation” and declined to provide further information. There are police body camera footage from the episode, and that is “usually” released in a week or two, she said.
The murders took place in a three-story building of an apartment complex, the Douglas in Stonelake, which one resident, Amber Belmonte, said was generally calm.
She counted more than two dozen marked police vehicles in addition to unmarked vehicles, fire engines and ambulances at the scene on Tuesday.
In general, she says, life runs smoothly at the resort. “I figured the only thing I was going to insist on was the election,” she said.