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3 killed in shooting at Brigham City center

Published: Friday, March 25 2011 5:53 p.m. MDT

Stephanie Weeks, a janitor and night mom at Discovery Place, said she knew the family of three who died in a shooting at the independent living home in Brigham City.

Ravell Call, Ravell Call, Deseret News

BRIGHAM CITY — Three people were killed in an apparent murder-suicide at an independent care facility Friday.

Three people died from wounds sustained by rifle fire inside a unit at Discovery Place, 360 W. 900 North, that occurred about 11:55 a.m., Brigham City police said.

The victims — a husband, wife and their son — all lived at the facility. They were identified as James Hall, 58, Kathy Hall, 57, and Erik Hall, 35.

Police suspect that the father shot his wife and son, then shot himself. A note was also found, but investigators did not say what was written in the note or who may have written it.

"I know them personally," said Stephanie Weeks, a janitor at the center. "They're a loving family, very supportive of each other."

While neighbors and investigators were asking why, Weeks could only guess about a motive.

"The son's health was declining. He was handicapped. The wife's health was declining and they just lost their home. It's so sad," she said. "Something had to have happened in the last 24 to 48 hours."

Weeks said she never heard the family arguing or complaining.

"I had no warning," she said. "I just didn't think this was even possible."

Those who live near the center say there has never been any problems there before. But neighbor Curtis Weaver said the shootings concern him.

"It's scary. That's crazy stuff," he said of the shootings. "You just don't know who comes in and out of there, what their backgrounds are. There's really nothing I can do about it except just watch out for my own family."

"Things happen in places you don't expect," said neighbor Jamie Bliss.

Discovery Place officials said they do perform background checks on every resident.

During the shooting, one of the rounds hit a sprinkler pipe, triggering the system in the entire building, causing water damage, said Brigham City Police Lt. Mike Nelsen.

A nearby school was not put on lockdown, but the principal was informed of the shooting.

About a dozen people live in the facility and they were receiving help Friday from staff members and family to relocate as the facility undergoes repairs for water damage.

Contributing: Spencer Garn

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