Authorities say a 48-year-old man shot the mother of his children six times before taking his own life with a gunshot wound to the head early Wednesday morning in Harvey. The Jefferson Parish coroner’s office has identified the deceased as Adrian Adams of Harvey.
The victim, Brandy Perry, 34, was treated at a local hospital for gunshot wounds to her arms, chest and ear, according to relatives. She is expected to recover.
The shooting occurred at Perry’s two-story residence at 2704 W. Catawba Drive, Harvey, while the pair’s three children, ages 13, 12 and 9, were in nearby bedrooms.
The shooting stemmed from an ongoing quarrel over Adams’ unemployment, according to Glen T. Boyd, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Adams allegedly woke Perry from her sleep around midnight to argue. He armed himself with a pistol when she tried to remove him from the house, Boyd said.
The attempted murder-suicide happened shortly after midnight in the 2700 block of West Catawba Drive, authorities said. A 911 notification was sent around 1:15 a.m. to the news media.