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Authorities: Son shot parents western NY home before shooting himself


WHEATFIELD, New York — A gunman who shot and wounded two people inside a western New York home was the victims' son, police said Saturday.

Duane Bores Jr. took his own life after getting into a gunfight with a deputy who responded to the scene, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

The victims, Duane and Cynthia Bores, called 911 on Friday afternoon to report they had been shot by their son, the sheriff's office said. The deputy arrived moments later to find the son exiting through a rear door, it said.

Bores Jr., 25, and the officer exchanged several rounds in a driveway area before the gunman retreated into the home, the sheriff's office said. The deputy was hit by a round in the chest but was saved by his bulletproof vest, authorities said.

Other officers responding to a call for backup later entered the home and discovered that Bores Jr., who was wounded in the shootout, had shot himself to death. His parents were taken to the hospital in serious condition.

The violence prompted a lockdown at a nearby Errick Road Elementary School, WKBW-TV in Buffalo reported. The lockdown was lifted a short time later, but not before alarming parents.

"It's scary," John Maxwell told the station. "Everything goes through your mind. That's all you're thinking about: your child, and making sure they're okay."

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