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Man kills self, wife and critically injures daughter in murder-suicide

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (KFVS) - A man shot and killed his wife and himself and also critically injured his wife's daughter during a murder-suicide Monday night, according to Caruthersville Police Chief Tony Jones.

It happened at a home at 902 Collins Avenue, according to Jones, and a fight led up to the incident.


Police found David Hudgings, 52, of Caruthersville and Paula Hudgings, 48, of Caruthersville lying in the living room floor with bullet wounds.

A witness told police that she saw David and Paula had gotten into an argument and Paula asked David to leave. That's when David pulled a gun and shot Paula in the back, according to the witness. Then, he shot at Paula's daughter, then began shooting at her. The witness said David fired one round at her, but he missed. 


The daughter, the witness and a 9-year-old girl ran next door. The girl has been turned over to a family member.


Paula's daughter was shot in the arm and was found lying on the concrete under a carport next door.

She was in critical condition in a Cape Girardeau hospital.

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