Police: Greenwood man shot family, then himself

- The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department confirmed Saturday Brian Short shot his wife and three teenage children in their Lake Minnetonka home before taking his own life.

The medical examiner officially identified the five people killed as Brian Short, 45, his wife Karen, 48, and their three children, Cole, 17, Madison, 15, and Brooklyn, 14.

The Hennepin County medical examiner says the mother and three children died of gunshot wounds to the head. The father, Brian Short, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Investigators are still searching for a motive. 

The family was discovered Thursday morning at their home in Greenwood , Minn. on a welfare check after a coworker and the children’s school reported them missing, according to South Lake Minnetonka police. The children had not been to school in two days.

Brian found in the garage, while the other four members of his family were found upstairs. Police estimate Short killed his family in their bedrooms before turning the gun on himself. 

Although the family was not found until Thursday, police estimate the killings occurred late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. 

Brian Short was the founder of Allnurses.com. The company confirmed the loss of the family members in a statement Thursday.

It is with great regret and a very heavy heart that I have to share some very sad news with you. There is no easy way to say this. We just found out this afternoon that Brian and his family have passed away. The news is calling it an apparent murder-suicide, but this has not been verified by the authorities and details have not yet been released.

No matter what the details are, the results are still the same…..a very tragic loss for the extended families, friends, co-workers, and this nursing community.

All three Short children were students at Minnetonka High School. The school is offering walk-in grief counseling and small group counseling for students struggling with the loss of their three classmates.

A moment of silence was held at the school Friday morning, as well as a special tribute at Friday night's home football game in remembrance of their classmates. Students are also being encouraged to wear blue on Monday for “Tonka Unity Day” in honor of their classmates.

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