A Connecticut man shot and killed his girlfriend’s teenage son and daughter — and then apparently committed suicide — after a fight over him smoking cigarettes in the house, according to a report Wednesday.
Paul Ferguson, 42, shot 15-year-old Della Jette and her 16-year-old brother, Sterling Jette Jr., in their chests at the home in Watertown Tuesday night, police .
Ferguson, who had moved into the house two weeks earlier, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the station.
The teens’ mother, Danielle Jette, frantically called 911 at 9:45 p.m. and told dispatchers that her live-in boyfriend had opened fire on her daughter and son, police said.
Cops rushed to the house and found Della wounded on the deck and Sterling in the master bedroom, according to the station. Both teens were transported to Waterbury Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
Earlier in the day, Della had a heated discussion with her mom about Ferguson smoking cigarettes in the house, cops told the station.
Ferguson, who had been downstairs watching TV, walked upstairs and told Della to be quiet— leading to a “dust-up,” police said.
When Sterling tried to break up the argument, Ferguson fetched a Glock handgun from a safe in the bedroom and shot him, police said.
Ferguson, a convicted felon, then shut a bedroom door and shot himself in the head, according .
The teens both attended Kaynor Technical High School in Waterbury, and the superintendent of schools released a statement on Wednesday morning.
“The Watertown community has suffered a tremendous loss. Two former students were tragically killed last night in a shooting at their home. Although the two siblings who were killed were not enrolled at our High School, they attended Watertown schools through eighth grade and formed close relationships with students and staff over the years. This morning, crisis teams are in place at Watertown High School and Swift Middle School to support students and staff as they grieve,” Supt. Rydell Harrison said in a statement.
“Our school community, like the wonderful town we live in, will come together to do everything we can to provide support to our students, staff and families during this difficult time,” the statement goes on to say.
Along with Waterbury police, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating.
Ferguson had been dating the victims’ mother for roughly two years, police said.
“The deaths of these children is a tragedy for our whole community and the police department extends our deepest sympathy to the victims’ mother, family and friends,” police said in a statement.