A Pennsylvania mother has been arrested for attempted murder after allegedly filming his two sons at the head while trying to kill a neighbor, police said.
Trinh Nguyen, 38, was taken into custody at a church in Upper Makefield Township at 11:30 a.m. Monday about three hours after reports emerged of an armed individual at a house in Timber Ridge Road, said Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub. Press release.
The suspect was arrested without incident and transported to Saint Mary’s Medical Center due to “indication that she was under the influence”.
Nguyen faces charges including three counts of attempted homicide and possession of an instrumentality of crime. She was denied bail on an arraignment due to the nature of the offence.
The two boys, ages 9 and 13, are being treated at Saint Mary Medical Center and at least one is in surgery, Weintraub said. The suspect’s charges will be turned into homicide if the children do not survive.
Authorities said the children are not expected to survive and will remain in hospital so their organs can be donated, ABC6 reported.
Police attended the home at 7:05 a.m. that day following a report of an armed subject. Once there, police learned that Nguyen had also attempted to kill her ex-husband’s 22-year-old nephew, Gianni Melchiondo.
“Nguyen handed over [Melchiondo] a box of photos and asked her to give the box to her ex-husband, who he worked with,” Weintraub said. “When the victim turned to face Nguyen, he saw Nguyen pointing a black gun at his face. Nguyen pulled the trigger twice, but the gun did not fire.
“[Melchiondo] engaged [Nguyen], wrapped her in a bear hug and eventually disarmed her,” the district attorney added. She then fled the scene in a white Toyota Sienna van and a BOLO alert was issued to locate her. She was taken into custody at 11:30 a.m. the same day.
At the scene, responding officers also learned that Nguyen was living with two minor children. Melchiondo and a law enforcement officer checked the suspect’s residence to find the two boys “with gunshot wounds to the head.”
Relatives of the victims identified the two boys as Jeffrey “JT” Tini, 13, and Nelson Tini, 9, ABC6 reported.
“He was always ready to play and he was never sad at any time. He was like the happiest kid I know,” said Jake Green, a friend of the victims.
The motive for the family shooting has not yet been disclosed.
Police said they obtained evidence that Nguyen had attempted suicide, but did not elaborate on what that evidence might be.