'Daddy, don't do that!'

THREE DEAD -- Woman, two children slain; husband in custody
2007-08-08T00:00:00Z 'Daddy, don't do that!'JOE CARLSON
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August 08, 2007 12:00 am  • 

GARY | A former security guard at the Lakeshore Dunes Apartments apparently shot his wife and his two teenage stepchildren Monday night before an armed standoff in the Miller apartment that the family shared, police said.

A neighbor told police he heard a young girl in Apt. 104 shrieking, "Daddy, don't do that!" before the sound of several gunshots rang out and silenced the voices about 10:30 p.m., police said.

About four hours later, following several gunshots fired at police near the scene, the Gary SWAT team stormed the apartment and discovered the bodies of Cassandra Isom, 40; Michael Moore, 16; and Ci'Andria Cole, 13. All three were shot several times in the body and were dead, police said.

Police also arrested Isom's husband, whose name was not released pending charges in the case. The suspect was discovered in the bedroom near "multiple" firearms and was subdued with a Taser gun, police said.

Detective James Bond said the man is cooperating with investigators.

"They captured the individual that committed this dastardly act," Mayor Rudy Clay said during a morning news conference. "In any other city in America, when a suspect is shooting at the police, he would have been killed."

Acquaintances of the man say he was a familiar sight for many years in the security booth at the complex. Two people at Lakeshore Dunes Apartments office declined to comment and ordered all media members to leave.

The lead police negotiator in the situation, LaRia Crews, told The Times that the man's family members gave information that led authorities to believe he has been involved in previous violent incidents.

Police would not speculate on possible motives, other than to call it a "domestic situation."

Police Chief Tom Houston said the shooting reflected a "systematic breakdown" in society that encompasses the entire country, not just Gary, and cited recent violent incidents in Camden, N.J., and Charleston, S.C.

Shortly after police arrived on scene Monday, someone inside the apartment fired about 10 shots at the officers and SWAT members. That was the last gunfire heard out of the home.

"The loss of life is believed to have happened before the SWAT team arrived," Deputy Police Chief Thomas Branson said.

Negotiators near the site began calling the four phones believed to have been in the apartment, but no attempt at reaching the man was successful, police said.

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