An upstate New York dad who shot useless his 14-year-old honor roll scholar daughter earlier than turning the gun on himself purchased the 20-gauge shotgun simply 16 days earlier than the stunning murder-suicide.
Christopher Wooden, 51, legally bought the shotgun on Jan. 4 — slightly over two weeks earlier than he used it to shoot Ava Wooden, 14, within the head on Jan. 20, the Put up-Commonplace of Syracuse reported, citing Onondaga County Sheriff’s Workplace spokesman Tom Newton.
Ava, a ninth-grader at Durgee Junior Excessive Faculty in Baldwinsville, was found in her mattress with a bullet wound to the top. Her father’s physique was present in one other bed room with the shotgun close by.
“I’m in my twenty ninth 12 months of regulation enforcement. That was one of the difficult scenes I’ve walked by way of,” Sheriff Toby Shelley instructed CNY Central.
He mentioned Wooden had by no means owned a firearm earlier than, at the very least not one police have been conscious of him proudly owning legally.
In New York state, a gun allow just isn’t required to buy a rifle or a shotgun– until you reside in New York Metropolis.
Christopher Wooden, 51, legally bought the shotgun he used 16 days later to kill his daughter Ava Wooden, 14, earlier than turning the gun on himself.Falardeau Funeral Dwelling
The night time earlier than the murder-suicide, Wooden known as his estranged spouse, Heather Wooden, and chillingly instructed her, “That is the way it ends for us,” based on CNY Central.
Wooden had earlier run-ins with the regulation however had no felony convictions and was not a felony offender, which might have made it unlawful for him to purchase the weapons, the Put up-Commonplace reported.
Two days earlier than the taking pictures, Wooden additionally despatched his ex a number of harassing textual content messages. Early final 12 months, he was concerned in a stalking incident in opposition to her, based on the outlet.
The couple have been nonetheless married however have been separated and didn’t reside collectively, officers mentioned.
Ava largely lived along with her dad at his house at 6 Triangle Place in Baldwinsville.WSYR-TV
Heather instructed police he was attempting to maintain the connection collectively and she or he didn’t wish to press costs, however needed the incidents documented for divorce functions, Shelley mentioned.
Police responded to the house at 6 Triangle Place after she notified them that her daughter failed to indicate up for college.
In the meantime, funeral providers have been introduced for Ava on Friday at Phrase of Life Meeting of God at 12 E. Oneida St. in Baldwinsville, from 5 to 9 p.m.
“Ava cherished to play soccer, she was as aggressive as they arrive!” a GoFundMe account says.Household Handout
The consideration scholar and soccer participant at Durgee Junior Excessive was “born with a aggressive spirit and a love for all times” and was “well-known for the sturdy relationships she had with household and associates,” based on her obituary.
A GoFundMe marketing campaign has been set as much as increase cash towards Ava’s funeral prices and to assist her mother.
“Ava, our stunning pal was such a tremendous, humorous, aggressive younger lady who might at all times make you snort by the foolish issues she mentioned and did,” the “AVA #19” account says.
“She at all times brightened everybody’s day along with her infectious smile. Her mild nonetheless shines so brightly in our hearts, and at all times will … Ava cherished to play soccer, she was as aggressive as they arrive!
“She was sort, light, and had probably the most loving spirit. She cherished her teammates and her associates and shared many recollections on and off the sphere with them. She was deeply adored by her momma, and her household and she or he immediately stole the hearts of all these round her,” it provides.