KY Man Kills Wife And Her Daughter Before Killing Himself

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A 48-year-old hospital worker opened fire
on his family in their home - killing his wife and teenage stepdaughter and critically wounding his stepson, police said Monday. The man then shot himself to death.

"We believe it is a murder suicide," said Louisville police Detective Phil Russell.

Keith Northern died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Jefferson County deputy coroner Gayle Norris. His 35-year-old wife, Katina Northern, died of multiple gunshot wounds and her daughter, 16-year-old Rachel Mattingly, died of a single gunshot wound, Norris said.

All three were pronounced dead at the scene, Norris said. The weapon was a 9 mm handgun, Russell said.

Katina Northern's 12-year-old son was shot in the cheek and underwent surgery at Kosair Children's Hospital, where he was in critical condition Monday.

Louisville police were alerted of the shootings just before 10 p.m. EDT Sunday when the wounded boy ran to a neighbor's house and said his mother and sister had been shot.

Police hoped to talk to the boy eventually to find out what led to the shootings.

"Until we have a chance to talk with him, we're not going to know the sequence of events," Louisville police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said.

Hours before the shooting spree in the middle-class neighborhood, the family had spent an enjoyable Sunday together that included a barbecue, a family friend said.

The shootings shocked Keith Northern's family, said family friend Christopher 2X.

"They don't know what went wrong," he said. "It's mind-boggling to them."

The couple had worked for a number of years at Jewish Hospital, where Katina Northern was a nurse and her husband was a patient service assistant.

Police had been called to the residence once or twice in the past year and a half, but Smiley did not know the reason officers were summoned.

Smiley said investigators found a couple of handguns in the home Sunday night. Police did not say what weapon was used in the shootings.

The Northerns met while working at the Louisville hospital and had been married for about a year and a half, Christopher 2X said.

A couple of hours before the shootings, Keith Northern called his sister and gave no hint of any problems, 2X said.

"He described the day as being a great day with barbecuing," he said.

At 9:40 p.m., Keith Northern called his sister again, but by the time she answered there was no one on the line, 2X said. She called her brother back but got no answer.

The shootings occurred about that time.

"They're still trying to figure out what was the boiling point," 2X said of Keith Northern's family.

Keith Northern's family expressed its sympathy to Katina Northern's family.

"They can't describe in words how much sorrow they feel for this other family," 2X said.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by angel coleman northern Location: shelbyville ky on May 31, 2011 at 02:52 PM
    i blane the hosptalbecause they gave him the meds so i hope the know that it was their fult that my grandpa is dead alone with my grandma and cousin my mom (his darther) suffers badly and thinks of him everyday and so do the rest of the family and we (our family) had plans that week and now thier is no more i wish i still had time to change what happened but i cant rip kieth tina racheal love angel coleman northern
  • by Reginald on Mar 13, 2010 at 09:11 PM
    I am the son of Katina and the brother of Rachael, to answer everyone's question there was no affair no alcohol or anything of that nature, Keith was just a mad man! He was clearly disturbed, and the fact that he took his own life made that evident! Thanks for all of your prayers and condolences. My brother nolan is doing great and were all looking forward! thanks for everyone's support!
  • by nicole king Location: radcliff on Feb 24, 2009 at 02:25 PM
    rachel was like my big sister, and to this day im still in shock, i miss her like crazy, she was one of the most amazing girls in my life. i love you rachyy!
  • by jim Location: here on Sep 9, 2007 at 07:53 AM
    bad head lines thats a year old, whats going on is the news reporter in a time warp.please change the head lines ok, i know sometimes news keeps runing but post sompthing good about ky.every city in america has this shooting problam,maby is you want to keep this going is to put it in the history sectioon of your websight and they can look at it there. thanks and have a good week.
  • by jim Location: indiana on Aug 31, 2007 at 04:36 AM
    the norhtern case, was in the news some time back why put it in the headlines again, or is this a computer glitch.
  • by Jeanette Location: louisville on Aug 26, 2007 at 10:06 PM
    Rachael was such an awesome person. I worked with her and miss her dearly. I cannot believe that someone could make such a decision to end someone else's life especially someone as beautiful, intelligent, caring, giving, and happy as Rachael. I will truly miss her and look forward to the day I get to see her again in heaven. I also wish the news would focus on how wonderful Rachael and mother were!!!
  • by jim Location: in on Jun 29, 2007 at 02:09 AM
    was this keith northern family related to the john northern family of debuty in.of the truth to the cause can be found,place that in the news too so this situation may be prevented from hapening again.
  • by AM Location: Louisville on Jun 28, 2007 at 02:44 AM
    I am a nurse who worked with Katina. She was a great nurse and a valuable member of this community. I wish the media would get that story and tell it to the world.
  • by Ralph Location: Ky on Jun 26, 2007 at 12:44 AM
    What is this 2X stuff..........is it a name? Unreal!
  • by marilyn Location: georgetown,ky. on Jun 25, 2007 at 08:28 PM
    My heart goes out to the family and friends of these victims you are in my prayers
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