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Robbins police: Man dead after shooting wife, 2 teens

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ROBBINS, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

Four people were found dead inside a Robbins home late Sunday night. Local police said Monday that the 43-year-old man fatally killed his wife and two kids, while two other children ran for their lives.

Robbins police said in the Monday morning press conference that they do not know what set the gunman off. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said the alleged shooter's 14-year-old stepson is a hero for saving his own life and the life of his 5-year-old nephew.

Police were called to Pulaski and 136th at 10:40 p.m. Sunday, after witnesses reported seeing a man shoot a woman outside. Robbins Police Chief Mitchell Davis called the incident horrific.

Michael Worsham, 42, allegedly fatally shot his 17-year-old son Steven in the head in the family's kitchen. Police said he then shot and killed his 42-year-old wife Michelle Ollie after pulling her out of bed inside the south suburban home.

The 14-year-old boy told police he tried to fight his stepdad for the gun. He said Worsham told him if he stopped fighting, he would let him go. The teen grabbed the young boy and screamed to his 15 year old sister, Trisdion, to come with them. Shots were still being fired while they all ran from the bloody scene.

Worsham allegedly shot Trisdion in the back on the front porch as she tried to flee. Police said he came out of the small brick home to shoot her again before dragging he body back inside. She did not survive her injury.

"Witnesses say they saw the girl lying on the porch and thought she was injured," Davis said. "They got out to assist her. The dad fired at the witnesses."

Officers found a bloody trail outside the home when they arrived. They located the gunman's body upstairs, but there were no gunshot wounds. Michelle Ollie and Trisdion Worsham were found dead at the scene. Michael and Steven Worsham were pronounced dead at Metro South Hospital. The elder Worsham died of undetermined causes.

"To my knowledge, the family was well liked," another neighbor, Elizabeth, told FOX 32 News. "It's a tragedy, a tragedy."

Michelle and Steve each died of a single gunshot wound to the head, and Trisdion died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Officers encountered a gruesome scene inside the home.

"Seeing the very tiny house just covered in blood, I don't even know how to describe it," Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said. "The 14-year-old was a phenomenal hero."

Investigators were at a loss to explain the shooting spree. The family had no record of domestic abuse, police said.

"I'm a father. I cannot imagine what could bring someone to such a dark place where they would believe that they need to take the lives of their entire family,let alone children," Robbins Police Chief Mitchell Davis said at a news conference Monday morning.

Jerry Doss, a spokesman for Thornton Township High School District 205, said Michael Worsham worked as a security guard at Thornton High School. He said Worsham was a contractor with U.S. Security Associates.

Ollie, who married Worsham 12 ago, was a child-care worker at Sadie Waterford Manor, an emergency shelter for kids across the street from the Worshams' home, said Denice Gathings, a manager at the shelter.

"She was a beautiful person, always helping, always volunteering. I had to threaten her to take her vacation. She was very dependable," Gathings said.

On Sunday morning, the couple had stopped by the home of Worsham's second cousin, Toni Gardner, who lives across the street, for a cup of coffee.

Gardner said they laughed and chatted about getting a snowblower. Worsham said his wife was planning to make hot wings for the Super Bowl, she said. "He was not a monster," Gardner said.

The couple met while growing up in Chicago and though they had an on-again, off-again relationship, Gardner said they always got along and even visited each other while married to other people.

"No one knows what led to this. It's so baffling," Gardner said. "This is really a mystery. There was no kind of abuse that I know of going on. Everybody is in shock. We're trying to piece this together."

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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