NC sheriff: Man fatally stabs daughter before shooting himself

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MANSON, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina sheriff says a man stabbed his daughter to death after an argument, then shot her son and a family friend before turning the gun on himself.

Warren County Sheriff Johnny Williams told a news conference on Tuesday that 52-year-old John Darnell Hargrove was pronounced dead at his home on Monday. Hargrove's daughter, 21-year-old Jada Swindell, was the stabbing victim, and Williams said Swindell's 4-year-old son was flown to Duke University Hospital, where he died from a gunshot wound.

The sheriff said Hargrove also shot a 15-year-old girl. She was taken to Duke Hospital, but her condition wasn't known on Tuesday.

Williams said deputies had been called to the home before. He said investigators have spoken to family members, but didn't reveal a motive in the case.

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