Jackson police are still piecing together what lead up to Monday night's murder-suicide inside a family home.
It was a chaotic scene on 333. W. Mary Street shortly after five o'clock Monday evening, following a mother's horrifying cry for help.
Shot in the head and bleeding, 35-year-old Katherine Moshiri still managed to drag herself to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. Police say she was worried her husband would hurt her children.
"She had multiple gunshot wounds. She's very seriously injured," said Lieutenant Rodney Barnes with the Jackson Police Department.
Officers rushed to her home and found a horrific scene.
"Located Mr. Moshiri upstairs in the living room. He was deceased from gunshot wound to the head. The four-year-old female was in the master bedroom also deceased from a gunshot wound to the head," Barnes said.
Authorities say the two girls, ages two and four, were his own children and the 16-year-old teen was his stepson.
Officers call it the kind of crime they can't quite believe would happen in this quiet jackson neighborhood.
"We have to do our investigation, but we also have to make sure that our personnel are taken care of. They're victims too, to witness such a brutal, senseless act," Barnes said.