A SWAT team rescued three children from a bedroom window after their father shot dead their mom and his mother-in-law before killing himself in a murder-suicide in Florida, police have said.
Police raced to the family’s home in Tamarac, outside of Miami, after receiving a 911 call about a shooting early on Saturday morning.
Sheriff’s deputies helped the three children aged 4, 8 and 11 climb out of a bedroom window to safety. They were uninjured.
Inside, police found the bodies of their father Clody Sylverne, 39, and mother, named locally as Benouchka Sylverne, 38.
Clody’s 65-year-old mother-in-law, who has not been named by officials, was found critically wounded and was taken by air ambulance to hospital where she later died, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Benouchka Sylverne, 38, from Florida, was named by a friend as one of two victims shot by her husband, Clody Sylverne, along with her mother. Their three children survived
Mechanic Clody Sylverne, pictured on social media, from Florida, is suspected of shooting dead his wife and mother-in-law before turning the gun on himself, on Saturday
Investigators are still looking for a motive for the shooting, but said that they suspect the father of a triple murder-suicide.
They would not reveal who made the 911 call. The children are being cared for by authorities.
Emergency services received the 911 call about the shooting at around 7:15 a.m.
BSO Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) teams in armored vehicles arrived on the scene and remained in contact with the caller who was reportedly still inside the home.
The family of five moved into this home in Tamarac, outside of Miami, around 2015. Locals say the mother-in-law did not live with them but would visit regularly
Three children, aged 4, 8 and 11, were rescued by police out of a bedroom window on Saturday. They are uninjured and being cared for by authorities
Broward County officials were called to a home in Tamarac, outside Miami, on Saturday morning to reports of a shooting
Sergeant Donald Prichard, a spokesman for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement: ‘The deputies were then able to identify a room where three children, ages 4, 8 and 11, were located and assisted them out of the bedroom window to safety.’
He added: ‘The suspected murder-suicide left three adults dead and three children without parents.’
Officers entered the property shortly after and found Sylverne and a woman believed to be his wife dead.
Another woman, believed to be his mother-in-law and the children’s grandmother, was alive and was air-lifted to North Broward Health hospital, but she later died.
BSO Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) in armoured vehicles attended the scene on Saturday where they had received a 911 call about reports of a shooting
Police rescued three uninjured children out of a bedroom window
Jimmy Christophonte named two of the deceased as his friend, Coldy Sylverne, 39, and his friend’s wife, Benouchka, 38
The Sheriff’s office did not name either of the women who died, citing Marsy’s privacy law but said that they believe the shooting was a suspected murder-suicide carried out by Sylverne.
Coldy Sylverne’s friend Jimmy Christophonte named the wife as Benouchka, 38, and the shooter as his ‘best friend’, in an interview with Local10.
‘I can’t believe it. I am so heartbroken,’ Christophonte said.
He also showed photos to media of his friend and a recent video of Sylverne and his wife celebrating her birthday.
Mechanic Coldy, his wife and children moved into the home in Tamarac in around 2015, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Locals say the mother-in-law did not live with them but would visit regularly.
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