Two families ripped apart by violence. Two different outcomes.
David Hartline, showed up drunk and armed at a birthday party for his ex-girlfriend’s daughter.
Hartline, a registered sex offender, was turned away from the party but returned with a handgun and killed Chattanooga resident Edward “Buster” Manz III and Cleveland, Tenn., resident Kenneth Simonson, authorities said. Hartline’s ex-girlfriend Mindy Bullard, who is also Manz’s daughter and Simonson’s ex-wife, was shot but survived.
Hartline died at the scene of at least two gunshot wounds that investigators believe were fired by Manz. At least five children hid in the attic and were unharmed.
Bad guy dead and the lives of five children and their mother saved because a father and grandfather were prepared and willing to take action and if necessary, (and in this case, sadly, it was), to sacrifice their lives to save the lives of their loved ones.
A multiple shooting at a Lake Havasu City residence late Saturday killed five adults and left one woman in critical condition who was later flown to a Las Vegas hospital.
The shooter, 27-year-old Brian Diez, of Havasu, kidnapped two young children, 13-month old Cole Diez and 4-year-old Kaia Diez, and fled from the scene. Brian Diez was located later in California after taking his own life.
The victims who died at the scene are Deborah Langstaff, 23; Primo Verdone, 24; Russell Nyland, 42; Ashley Nyland, 20. Brock Kelson, 20, died at Havasu Regional Medical Center.
As of press time, Deborah Nyland, 44, survived and was taken to Las Vegas.
Diez and Langstaff had the two children in common during a long-term relationship, but the two have been estranged as of late, according to a police press release.
Diez was arrested earlier this month for violating an order of protection that Langstaff had taken out on him, Harrold said. Both young children were at the residence during the shooting.
Bad guy dead only after taking his own life, five other innocent people killed and two children kidnapped and left without a family, all because a piece of paper wasn’t enough to protect them from an estranged boyfriend with anger management issues. These killings where horrible and heart-wrenching and they didn’t have to happen.
And that’s the most heart-wrenching part of the story.