Police ID Victims, Suspect In Murder-Suicide

Posted at 5:11 PM, Dec 22, 2015

Three people died overnight in what police have called a murder-suicide north of downtown Nashville.

The incident was reported around 4 a.m. Monday, at a duplex on Vista Lane in the Trinity Hills area.

Officials with Metro police identified the deceased as 43-year-old Andre L. Parker, Sr., his wife, 41-year-old Jacqueline Parker, and his alleged girlfriend, 25-year-old Shanel Bowen.

The shooting reportedly happened in the driveway of the home. Metro police said Parker is suspected of firing shots at the two women before turning the gun on himself.

Parker had apparently been reported missing only hours earlier by his wife and Bowen. There were no issues between the two of them, according to officials.

"It appears that Mrs. Parker and Ms. Bowen were both working together to try and find Mr. Parker," Kris Mumford with Metro Nashville police said. "They were concerned about his welfare."

Metro officers later found Parker in his van around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

There had reportedly been some concern as to his wellbeing because of statements he made on Facebook.

Officers determined he was fine and posed no threat. No gun was discovered at that time. 

"Mobile crisis did speak with Mr. Parker," Mumford said. "They determined he was not in need of intervention."

Later on in the morning, police said Parker called his son and told him to come to Bowen’s house. 

Neighbors told police they saw Parker fire several shots. Bowen was found dead in the passenger seat of a car, while his wife, Jacqueline, was found just outside the driver's side. 

Parker’s body was found outside with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

A 6-month-old and a 6-year-old boy were inside the residence at the time of the shooting. It's not known to whom the toddler belonged, but officials said the infant was the child of Andre Parker and Bowen. 

"It's just terrible," Veronica Brown said. "Terrible. They don't have the mom. The baby is not even a year old."

Police said Parker did not have any orders of protection issued against him.  Metro Nashville police said there were three reports filed between the couple over the year, but none of them were violent.