A Pennsylvania woman has been charged with shooting her two children in the head, authorities said.
Krisinda Bright, 48, was arrested Monday afternoon in Ambridge, where cops in western Pennsylvania responded to a 911 call regarding a shooting. Interim Police Chief John DeLuca told reporters at a press conference that officers then found Bright’s two children dead inside in a “gruesome scene,” WTAE reported.
A criminal complaint obtained by The Post indicates that Bright had “dried blood splatter” on her clothes and dry blood on her hands when cops responded to the residence. Asked if she was bleeding, Bright told police she wasn’t, adding that it was from her two victims.
Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier said a coroner has identified the victims as 16-year-old Kiara Bright and 22-year-old Jasmine Cannady. Kiara self-identified as a male, calling himself Jeffrey, Lozier said.
Bright told dispatchers she shot her children and that the gun used in the attack was unloaded on her dining room table. She later admitted shooting one of her children while they were lying in bed, according to the complaint.
She then went downstairs and pointed the weapon at her second child, who pleaded with her not to pull the trigger, saying “please don’t shoot, I’m gonna call the police,” the complaint states.
The weapon initially didn’t fire, but “Bright fixed the gun and then shot” her second child in the face. The woman’s child was still moving, so Bright went upstairs and got another weapon before returning and shooting her child again because she didn’t want the young victim “to suffer,” the complaint states.
Both victims were shot in the head or face, according to the complaint.
Bright is facing two counts of criminal homicide. She was being held early Tuesday at the Beaver County Jail without bond, WTAE reported.
Lozier told reporters Monday that investigators were looking for no other suspects in the double slaying. The motive for the fatal shootings was immediately unclear.
Bright was standing outside the home when officers arrived at the scene. She had earlier called cops to the residence, WPXI reported.
The 16-year-old victim was a student at Ambrose High School, according to the station, citing a statement released by district officials.
“This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns and questions for our entire school, especially our students,” the Ambridge Area School District said, adding that counselors would be made available to students in need. “We are saddened by the loss to our school community and will make every effort to help you and your child.”
It’s unclear if Bright had hired an attorney who could speak on her behalf.