July 8 (UPI) -- An Alabama man shot and killed his wife and their 12-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself this weekend, police said.
Investigators said Robert Orsi also shot two other daughters at the home, but they are expected to survive.
When deputies from the Elmore County Sheriff's Department arrived at Orsi's home in Wetumpka, Ala., Saturday, it was engulfed in flames. Orsi's wife, Charlene, was found dead in the carport from a gunshot wound to the head.
The couple had four daughters, a 13-year-old and 12-year-old triplets. Police said the 13-year-old escaped to a neighbor's house and the triplets were all shot. One died and two were seriously injured, but expected to survive.
Orsi was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"The triplets were shot at close range by the dad multiple times as he was also pouring a flammable liquid, which we believe to be gasoline, all through house," Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin told AL.com. "I just can't imagine what's going through a man's mind to line up three children and shoot them. I just hope those children can get beyond this trauma. You don't hear about these situations every day."
WSFA-TV reported Charlene Orsi filed for a divorce June 28 and requested custody of all four children.
The sheriff's office said Robert Orsi's alleged drug use was a reason for the divorce action.