Two brothers who were shot in their beds at a Bucks County home have died, the Council Rock School District said.
JT and Nelson, aged 13 and 9, died on Friday, CRSD said in a letter to the community Saturday night on Facebook. Her mother, 38-year-old Trinh Nguyen, is accused of shooting and attempting to kill her at her home in Upper Makefield on Monday.
The boys had sustained gunshot wounds to the head. They have been in extremely critical condition at Saint Mary Medical Center since Monday May 2nd.
Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said at a news conference that her organs will be donated.
“We are deeply saddened to lose two of our Council Rock students and will miss them dearly,” said Susan Elliott, Acting Superintendent for Schools, on Saturday. “This tragic event shocked our Council Rock community.”
Both children were in the Bucks County school district. JT attended the eighth grade at Newtown Middle School and Nelson attended the third grade at Sol Feinstone Elementary. Elliott said the team placed several counselors at the schools the boys attended and they would remain there Monday. The district says they also plan to make therapy dogs available for the children at both schools next week.
A memorial made of flowers and teddy bears was erected in front of one of the schools. The United Methodist Church provided space for the congregation to find healing and prayer after the shooting.
Nguyen faces three counts of attempted manslaughter and possession of a criminal instrument. Those charges are expected to be upgraded to murder, according to Weintraub on Monday after Nguyen’s sons died from their injuries.
NBC10 reached out to Weintraub Sunday morning and is awaiting a response.
At 7:05 a.m. Monday, police said they had responded to a home on Timber Ridge Road in Upper Makefield Township over a report of an armed person. When they arrived, they were met by a 22-year-old man.
The man told police that his neighbor Nguyen spoke to him earlier that day. She handed him a box of photos and asked him to give the box to her ex-husband, with whom he worked, investigators said.
When the man turned to Nguyen, she allegedly pointed a black revolver at his face and pulled the trigger twice. However, the gun was not fired, police said.
The man then wrapped Nguyen in a bear hug and disarmed her, according to investigators. Nguyen then fled the area in a white Toyota Sienna minivan. Officials issued a BOLO / wanted bulletin for her.
Police arrested a mother accused of shooting her two children while they lay in bed at a home in Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County. NBC10’s Deanna Durante has the story.
After being told Nguyen had two children, ages 13 and 9, police and a neighbor searched her home for them. Then they found both boys with gunshot wounds to the head.
Several law enforcement agencies joined a manhunt for Nguyen, who was believed to be armed and dangerous. Later that morning, members of the United Methodist Church in Washington Crossing spotted Nguyen’s van in the church parking lot.
“I came to the church at that end and noticed a white van pulling up here, which is very strange,” Church member MaryAnne Heacks told NBC10.
Heacks said she didn’t think much of it until she got a call from her son, a Virginia police officer. Her son then told her about it BOLO / wanted bulletin for Nguyen.
“He’s still following the Upper Makefield Police Facebook page,” Heacks said. “He saw what happened and he texted me to say, ‘Close up. It’s armed and dangerous, they say.’”
Heacks then brought the van to the attention of Thomas Koveleski, another member of the Church.
“And I noticed the van out there with the lights on,” Koveleski said. “At least 8:30 a.m. MaryAnne calls me, ‘Hey, my son says you better do something about that van.’ So I called the police directly. I said, “I know you’re busy, but I have a white van up here. someone inside. I do not know what’s up.'”
Police arrived at the church around 11:30 a.m. and found Nguyen in the van.
“As soon as I saw guns coming out, I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ And then they all had their shields. And then they just ran from all directions,” Heacks said.
NBC10’s Deanna Durante was there when police took Nguyen into custody. Officers held signs as they approached their vehicle.
Investigators believe she was driving under the influence and was taken to Saint Mary Medical Center.
Investigators have not yet determined a motive for the shooting.
NBC10 obtained documents showing Nguyen’s ex-sister-in-law is the owner of the house where she lived. Records show that Nguyen owed $11,000 in rent arrears. She was evicted from the property on Tuesday, the day after the shooting and arrest.
“God bless her,” Heacks said. “I’m praying for her because she’s going to have to live with this for the rest of her life.”
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