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Coast Guardsman kills wife, seven-year-old son and himself at Florida home

Coast guardsman, 44, shoots dead his wife and seven-year-old son at home before critically injuring his eight-year-old daughter and then fatally turning the gun on himself

  • Petty Officer First Class John Presnar, 44, fatally shot his wife, Gretchen, 39 
  • He shot dead their seven-year-old son Sunday morning at their Florida home 
  • Presnar then critically injured their daughter, eight, before killing himself  
  • Authorities said the girl was airlifted to a local hospital following the shooting  
  • Police said shooting occurred after argument between Presnar and his wife
  • Presnar had served in the Coast Guard since 2001 as an electronics technician 

A member of the Coast Guard killed his wife and their seven-year-old son before critically wounding their eight-year-old daughter and turning the gun on himself, officials have said. 

Miami-Dade police and Coast Guard officials say Petty Officer First Class John Presnar, 44, fatally shot his 39-year-old wife Gretchen early Sunday at their Florida home. 

He then shot their children, whose names have not been released, and then himself, according to Local 10 News. 

Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class John Presnar (pictured in 2012) fatally shot his 39-year-old wife Gretchen and their son early Sunday at their Florida home. Presnar also shot their daughter, who is in critical condition

The shooting occurred after an argument between Presnar and his wife escalated around 1am. That's when Presnar grabbed a gun and Gretchen warned her mother to leave the home and get help. When officers arrived, they found the bodies (pictured) and the wounded girl inside

The shooting occurred after an argument between Presnar and his wife escalated around 1am. That’s when Presnar grabbed a gun and Gretchen warned her mother to leave the home and get help. When officers arrived, they found the bodies (pictured) and the wounded girl inside

The couple’s daughter survived the shooting, but she was airlifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition.  

Authorities said the shooting occurred after an argument between Presnar and his wife escalated around 1am. 

That’s when Presnar grabbed a gun and Gretchen warned her mother to leave the home and get help. 

Gretchen’s mother wasn’t injured.  

When officers arrived, they found the bodies and the wounded girl inside. 

Presnar had served in the Coast Guard since 2001 as an electronics technician.

In a statement, the Coast Guard said it ‘is deeply saddened by this tragedy and our hearts go out to the family members’.

‘We continue to pray and offer the full support of the Coast Guard to the young child fighting for her life,’ the statement read. 

Presnar had served in the Coast Guard since 2001 as an electronics technician. The shooting happened at their home (pictured)

Presnar had served in the Coast Guard since 2001 as an electronics technician. The shooting happened at their home (pictured)

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