Mother Shot 3 Kids, Turned Gun on Self: Police

Police said they believe Jeaninne LePage used a pillow to muffle the sound of the gunshots as she fired a revolver

New Jersey State Police say the three children found shot in a southern New Jersey home Thursday morning appeared to have been shot by their mother, who then turned the gun on herself.

Eight-year-old Nadia Harriman and her 14-year-old brother, Nicholas, were killed in their Tabernacle home, state police said. Their 11-year-old brother, Alexander, is in critical condition.

The three were found shot in an upstairs bedroom along with their mother, 44-year-old Jeaninne LePage, who had a single gunshot wound to her head. She also is in critical condition.

Police said they believe LePage used a pillow to muffle the sound of the gunshots as she fired a revolver. None of the five other people in the home heard the shots. 

The weapon was kept in the house and may have belonged to a relative who died some time ago, police said. 

Police said they spoke to the children's father and other friend of LePage as part of the investigation. A relative called in the shooting.

The weapon they think was used was recovered from the scene.

The crime shocked the small southern New Jersey community. About 200 people attended a vigil Thursday night, just hours after the shooting. 

The state police said first responders who responded to the home were going through psychological counseling. 

"We've dealt with a big tragedy here," said Captain Stephen Jones. "The whole community has been dealing with a huge tragedy."

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