Police have released two 911 calls related to the horrific murder suicide that occurred in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles Friday night. Police responded to the calls from the fourth floor luxury apartment of 48-year-old IT manager Randall Coffland and found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, along with the bodies of his twin 16-year-old daughters, Brittany and Tiffany, as well as his wife Anjum, 46, who he had shot in the leg.
As reported in the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, Randall Coffland told the dispatcher: “I just shot and killed my two kids and I shot my wife, and I’m going to kill myself now.” After giving his address, he said: “I’m going to kill myself now too. My two girls are dead, and I’m killing myself.” He is also heard yelling at his wife on the call, ““I want you to live and suffer like I did.”
His wife called 911 around the same time. “Come here now! Oh my God, my husband shot my kids!” she is heard saying frantically, before screaming, “My daughters are dead!”
Anjum Coffland lived at a separate address from her husband and daughters. Police had previously been called to a domestic disturbance at the residence on February 9th, according to the The Daily Herald newspaper, but said, "Nothing physical happened." CBS News reports Anjum was shot in the leg and is still recovering at an area hospital, where she is cooperating while an investigation pends.
Police have yet to determine the motivation for Randall Coffland’s killing spree. “Our preliminary investigation has led us to believe this was an isolated domestic event,” St. Charles Deputy Chief David Kintz said at a press conference on Sunday. “This was a tragic and horrific event. Three lives were lost and another was injured.”
Grief counselors have been made available at St. Charles East High School, where the well-liked Coffland sisters were juniors. A makeshift memorial also popped up outside the apartment building where the girls lived and died, with both people who knew them and strangers leaving behind candles, flowers and personal notes.