Two people are dead this afternoon after authorities say a man killed his estranged wife near Ralls and then himself in the Kohl's parking lot early Tuesday morning. The parking lot remains a crime scene Tuesday afternoon.
The Khol's parking lot is where authorities say 40-year old Gerald Thomas Wade shot himself in the head inside his pickup. This event is the tragic ending after a series of incidents that led police to this murder-suicide investigation.
It all started at 1 a.m. near the community of Ralls. DPS officials say Gerald Wade was following his estranged wife, 39-year-old Sharon Wade, step son and step-daughter and eventually stopped their vehicle two miles west of Highway 62-82 and FM 25-28. That's when authorities say Wade fatally stabbed his wife and wounded his 19-year-old step son, Mark Ellison. Wade's 10-year-old step daughter managed to flee the gruesome scene. Wade, then fled to Lubbock.
His pickup was located on south Indiana just before four a.m. As Texas Rangers tried to pull him over, Wade drove into the Kohl's parking lot at 98th & Indiana. That is where he stopped his truck, locked the doors and fatally shot himself with his rifle.
Wade's step son is in critical condition at Covenant Medical Center. Officials continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding these tragic events including what led Wade to murder his wife and then ultimately take his own life. NewsChannel 11 will continue to follow this story and bring you more information as it becomes available.
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