Man shoots infant daughter in the street before killing himself after a dispute with girl's mother
A young father has reportedly shot his six-month-old daughter and then took his own life with the weapon after he got into an argument with the baby's mother and her family. Officers from the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in Anniston, Alabama, on March 31 where they discovered 23-year-old Trenton Gordon and his six-month-old daughter Kahlia deceased outside a residence.
Daily Mail reported that according to investigators on the case, Gordon had arrived at his daughter's mother's home a little before 1 pm when an argument ensued between the young parents and the child's grandfather.
Authorities said that during the dispute, Gordon pulled out a pistol and shot the infant's grandfather in the arm.
He then reportedly went out of the residence on Kirkseys Bend and took his daughter to the middle of the street. It was there that he shot and killed the child before he committed suicide. Deputies who arrived at the scene tried to perform CPR on the child until paramedics arrived but it was all in vain.
The grandfather was taken to a hospital nearby in a stable condition and was treated for his injuries.
Authorities say that Kahlia's mother had recently filed for a protection from abuse order against her baby's father — who is also a registered sex offender — before the fatal shooting occurred.
On the afternoon of March 31, Gordon wrote a chilling message on his Facebook page saying: "This will be the last day I live I love everyone that was in my life." This came a day after he wrote on the social media site asking his friends and family to "send a prayer" for his infant daughter, Kahlia, and that he was "[sorry] everything happened this way".
He had just uploaded a photo to the site with his children that he had captioned: "I am a father & I will protect them no matter what it takes."
Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade told AL.com: "I just hate that this happened. It’s very sad and it’s just senseless." The sheriff also told WBRC: "It’s disturbing, it’s disturbing to me, it’s disturbing to the deputies. It’s just very, very sad, you know, the only thing I know to do is to pray for the mother, as she laid there, weeping with her child." It is currently unclear what the condition of the older child is.