Three dead in Independence murder-suicide

Three dead in apparent murder-suicide in Independence
L to R: Joseph Cormier, April Ransom, Thomas Ransom (Source: Facebook)
L to R: Joseph Cormier, April Ransom, Thomas Ransom (Source: Facebook)
Source: Gerron Jordan/WAFB
Source: Gerron Jordan/WAFB

INDEPENDENCE, LA (WAFB) - Three people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide at a bar in Tangipahoa Parish late Tuesday night.

Police say 35-year-old Thomas Ransom shot and killed 38-year-old April Ransom and another man, 43-year-old Joseph Cormier before turning the gun on himself.

The shooting happened at Angie's Bar on Highway 51 in Independence.

"He was sitting in the bar, he and his estranged wife spoke for a while, she got up to walk away and he followed her," said Independence Chief of Police Frank Edwards.

"He shot her multiple times, went around the bar and shot a man multiple times and then turned the gun on himself" Edwards said.  "We have witnesses who have heard that and we have also seen video to corroborate that."

According to police, April Ransom was the estranged wife of Thomas Ransom. The relationship between April Ransom and Joseph Cormier is unknown.

"All I know is that they shared an address, and we don't know anymore at this time" said Edwards.

Edwards says three children, all under the age of 15, are left hanging in the balance of the shooting.

"The Department of Children and Family Services has come in this morning and put in a safety plan for the kids," he said. "It's really terrible. Watching them this evening and getting them with child services... it's a terrible event," said Edwards.

"She was a wonderful person, so full of life! She was like the mother hen of Angie's, everybody loved her," Angela Anthony told WAFB.

"She was someone that everybody depended on and no matter what the situation was, she would always be there for you when you called on her, she always had the right words to say if you was feeling down. She will sadly be missed by so many," Anthony said.

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