MISSOULA — A second child has died from his injuries after it appears he was shot by his father at a home near St. Regis last weekend.
This victim - a four-year-old boy - would have turned five today.
Authorities believe his father shot the boy and his older son Saturday evening before shooting himself.
When Mineral County authorities got to the home, Anthony Dascher and his 7-year-old son were already dead. The 4-year-old child was flown to a Spokane hospital where he died on Tuesday morning.
Mineral County Sheriff Mike Toth says although it appears the older Dascher shot the children and himself, the Montana Department of Criminal Investigations will make a final determination as to what happened.
A friend of the family has created a GoFundMe page which states, in part:
I wanted to set this up for a dear friend and co worker Sierra. She had three beautiful children, two sons and one daughter. Two sons of which she shared custody with their father. On Friday night February 5th Sierra called their father to pick them up for her shared time with them and he said today doesn’t work. His mother called Sierra Saturday evening to say she walked into a crime scene in the home. He had shot his two sons and himself. The oldest boy Ayden (7) and the father died instantly but Brayden (5) was in critical condition and fighting for his life. He was transported to Spokane to a children’s hospital. Sierra then drove to him shortly after he arrived. She was told he was brain dead and made the gut wrenching decision to let him go. I am reaching out on gofundme for her for transportation, cremation and memorial of her beloved babies.
A candlelight vigil for the boys was held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in St. Regis across from the travel plaza.
(FEBRUARY 7) Two people are dead and one is hospitalized after a shooting in Mineral County on Saturday at a residence three miles north of St. Regis.
Around 6 p.m. a shooting incident was reported to Mineral County Dispatch.
Officers arrived on scene to find three members of the same family victims of the shooting. Two were dead on scene. The third individual was severely injured and airlifted to a hospital in Spokane.
Mineral County Sheriff Mike Toth said there is no danger to the community because the suspect is one of the deceased.
Toth said Missoula County officials and Montana Division of Criminal Investigation assisted with the incident.
"We can't thank them enough for helping us with this God-awful scene," Toth said.
The incident is still being investigated and names have not yet been released.
We will update you as we get more information.