BY A STAFF WRITER
ST CHALRES, IL -- In one of the most horrible crime tragedies in Illinois, a father shot dead his 16-year-old twin daughters, then shot his estranged wife in her legs before committing suicide by turning the gun upon himself at their home in the luxury Milestone Row condominium complex of St. Charles, Illinois, on March 9.
While firing at the mother of the twins, Anjum Coffland, a 46-year-old Pakistani American, he yelled at her, “I want you to live and suffer like I did.” She was listed in stable condition at Delnor Community Hospital.
When the police arrived on the murder-suicide scene, they found the twins, Tiffany and Brittany Coffland, and their 48-year-old father, Randall Coffland dead. All three died from single gunshot wounds to the head.
Randall also called 911 after he killed his daughters, and shot at his wife. Moments later, Anjum also called 911. She can be heard screaming, “My girls are dead,” and calling out her girls’ names.
“This is a tragic and horrific event,” Deputy Chief David Kintz told reporters.
The police called the incident a domestic situation.
Randall, Tiffany and Brittany Coffland had been living together in the First Street apartment, while Anjum Coffland had been living in another St. Charles apartment, according to authorities.
The police had been called to Anjum’s apartment in the 100 block of South Fifth Avenue in February for a domestic incident involving her estranged husband, but no physical battery was reported in that incident. There was no indication of violence in the past.
One girl was found on the couch and the other in their bedroom. Single casings were found next to each of their bodies.
Randall was a veteran IT manager who worked as an analyst and network management specialist for various companies throughout the Carol Stream and Chicago, Illinois areas. Before his death, he was the Infrastructure manager of Much Shelist, P.C
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