Mother Shoots Son Before Turning Gun On Herself

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WENTZVILLE, MO (KTVI)-Wentzville police thought they had a potential standoff on their hands Saturday afternoon.  It turned out it was a tragic double shooting detectives are still working to explain.

A teenage boy called 9-1-1.  Officers found him outside his home in the 200 block of Niagra Drive in the Stone Ridge Canyon subdivision.  He was bleeding from gunshot wounds.  They pulled him to a neighbor's driveway and then carried him to an ambulance at a staging area a block away.

Before moving inside the home, police called in the St. Charles County Regional SWAT team to determine if there was an active shooter inside the home. Nearby home were evacuated as a precaution.  Once they were able to enter the home, they found the teen's mother, 44-year old Laurie Anderson, dead of gunshot wounds.

On Sunday, Wentzville Police stated that the mother was the only shooter. The investigation revealed that Laurie Anderson had shot her son and then had turned the gun on herself.

Wentzville Chief Lisa Harrison said weapons were found inside the home.  Detectives believe the mother and son were the only ones in the home at the time of the shootings.

The teen was hospitalized at St. Louis University Medical Center and Saturday night was in stable condition.

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