Boy, 3, killed by father in double murder-suicide

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – State police say a man killed his ex-girlfriend and inflicted a fatal gunshot wound on their 3-year-old son before taking his own life in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Police in Luzerne County say troopers were called at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday about an erratic driver on Route 81 in Pittston Township.

They said responding troopers found 23-year-old Zackary Charles Yashkus in the driver’s seat with a gunshot wound to his head.

A young child in car seat in the rear also had a bullet wound to the head but was still breathing. He was taken to Geisinger Hospital Plains, where he died shortly after 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

State troopers and Wilkes-Barre police then went to a Wilkes-Barre home, where they found 21-year-old Sharae Thompson dead in a jeep in the driveway with a bullet wound to the head.

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