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4 members of Missouri family brutally gunned down in home

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 12/30/2018 STORM GIFFORD
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Four members of a Missouri family were tragically gunned down inside their home on Saturday.

Grandmother Jane Moeckel, 61, and her grandkids Zoe Kasten, 8, and 10-year-old Jonathan Kasten were murdered early Saturday morning in St. Charles. An unidentified, 39-year-old woman suffering from a gunshot wound died at the hospital, stated St. Charles Police Lt. Tom Wilkison.

Officers arriving after a hysterical 911 call — in which the dispatcher could hear several shots being fired in the background — spotted a vehicle leaving near the crime scene at a high rate of speed, said cops.

Police fired at the fleeing vehicle, believed to be driven by the killer. One of the cops’ cruisers was riddled with bullet holes, reported CBS News.

Soon after, a suspect matching the same description of the suspected killer, tried to carjack a woman. He stabbed the female driver before zooming away, said investigators. She is expected to recover.

Seven hours later, the bleeding man was tracked down to a convenience store, where he was arrested.

“My sense is that he went in there, was seeking shelter,” pondered Capt. Scott Will of the Major Case Squad. “It was really cold last night.”

The suspect was identified as Richard Emery, 46, the alleged boyfriend of the unidentified woman. He was charged on 15 different counts, including first-degree murder.

“What can possess someone to take the life of a child is beyond me, mused prosecutor Tim Lohmar. “And we may never know.”

No police officers were injured.

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