PARKVILLE, Mo. — A suburban Kansas City man who fatally shot his newlywed mother, her husband and the gunman's ex-wife, before killing himself, was mentally ill and experiencing financial problems.
The Kansas City Star reports that neighbor and friend Carol Nixon says 50-year-old Douglas Pauling refused to take medication for his bipolar disorder, but that there were no signs he would become violent Sunday at a home in Parkville, Missouri.
Pauling's 14-year-old daughter escaped unhurt after the shooting at a family gathering and called 911.
Those killed include Pauling's mother, 73-year-old Sharmalee Pauling; her new husband, 66-year-old Carl Deruyscher; and the teen's mother, 49-year-old Margaret "Maggie" Girard.
Court records also show Douglas Pauling was facing a tax judgment and liens.
Parkville lies about 10 miles (16 kilometers) northwest of Kansas City.