Airman Shoots Toddlers, Their Mother Before Killing Himself

Cars sit at the Madigan Gate at the Joint Base Lewis McChord March 12, 2012 in Fort Lewis, Washington. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
Cars sit at the Madigan Gate at the Joint Base Lewis McChord March 12, 2012 in Fort Lewis, Washington. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

SPANAWAY, Wash. — Authorities say a U.S. Airman in Washington state fatally shot his two young children and their mother before killing himself.

The Pierce County sheriff's office said early Tuesday that they found the bodies inside a home near Spanaway after the man called 911 reporting that he had killed his family.

The children included a boy and a girl and both were under age 5.

The sheriff's office said the man was a member of the U.S. Air Force, who was stationed at nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Authorities are investigating.

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