Man Confesses to Shooting and Killing Wife and Her Two Brothers After Argument—Police

A man has confessed to shooting and killing his 42-year-old wife and her two brothers after an argument, police have said.

The alleged shooter, Hitendra Yadav, 43, attempted to shoot himself after the attack but was overpowered by his two sons, according to a Hindustan Times report.

The incident occurred at Yadav's home in northwest Delhi's Shakurpu village in India on Sunday night at around 11.30 p.m.

The three deceased victims were identified as Yadav's wife Seema, and her brothers Surender and Vijay. When police arrived at the scene, the three victims were taken to a hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival. Police also said Vijay's wife, Babita, was shot in the leg.

Usha Rangnani, deputy commissioner of the northwest Delhi police department, explained the findings of the authority's investigation and said that the accused, Yadav, confessed to the killings.

"During the inquiry, it was learned that Yadav and his in-laws used to often quarrel over personal issues," Rangnani said. "A case of murder was registered and Yadav was arrested."

Rangnani said that police were called to the home after neighbors heard shots being fired in the building around 11.30 p.m. and also noted that authorities were able to recover a licensed revolver that they believe was used in the shooting.

The police also said that their inquiry was built on the statements from Seema's mother, Chandrakala, and Babita's brother Chaman, who were prime witnesses in the incident.

Chandrakala told officers that the shooting happened after an argument broke out between Yadav and Seema which resulted in other family members entering the home in hopes of defusing the situation.

Police said Chandrakala told them that Yadav assaulted Seema. At around 10 p.m. Seema's family arrived at the home. She also said the situation escalated an hour later during the argument, when Seema took issue with her two sons, aged 15 and 19, siding with their father.

"A heated argument broke [out between] them and Yadav," the police said, citing Chandrakala's statement.

"Yadav's friend Lalit also reached the house, Vijay, asked Lalit to leave, saying that his presence was not required in a family issue. Yadav and his two sons objected to this, following which Seema slapped her younger son. This led to a scuffle between the two sides."

Chandrakala's statement said that Yadav then threatened to kill them, according to the Hindustan Times report.

"He went to the bedroom, returned with a gun and fired at Babita, Vijay, Surender and Seema," the police said, citing the statement.

A CCTV camera installed in the corridor and pointed towards the apartment's living room was able to capture the shooting, according to the police.

They said that the accused shot Babita in her left leg, then shot Vijay in his abdomen and head, before shooting Surender in the head and then going to the bedroom. Yadav then allegedly returned in less than a minute and shot his wife in her neck, killing her.

"The footage shows that [Yadav] tried to shoot himself with the final bullet left in the revolve. However, his two sons and Lalit overpowered him and snatched the gun," the police said.

Newsweek has contacted the Delhi Police for comment.

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Stock image of a revolver. A man has confessed to shooting and killing his 42-year-old wife and her two brothers after an argument, Police have said. Getty Images