KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A man broke into the house of an 8-year-old cousin he was accused of sexually abusing, shot her and her father and set fire to the girl and her 6-year-old brother before fatally shooting himself, police said today.
Police early today found the bodies of Michael Moore, 32, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, and Jessica Taylor, 8, dead of burns and smoke inhalation. She had been shot in the leg.
"He used coals from a wood stove burning in the house, spread the coals around the house, put some kind of flammable liquid on the kids and then set them on fire," Police Lt. Ron Miller said.
Jessica's father, Michael Taylor, 28, underwent surgery for a head wound today at the University of Kansas Medical Center. His 6-year-old son, Michael Jr., was in critical condition with second- and third-degree burns over 60% of his body.