A Texas woman who was denied food stamps fatally shot herself and severely wounded her two children in a state welfare office Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
Laredo police bargained with the woman for seven hours before she committed suicide and the shootings.
The woman — who has still not been named by authorities — recently moved to the town from Zanesville, Ohio, according to the AP.
Her children, ages 10 and 12, were rushed to the hospital, where they remain in critical condition.
The woman first tried to receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in July, but didn’t get them because her application was incomplete, the AP notes.
A spokeswoman for Texas’s Department of Health and Human Services said that the agency was waiting for the woman to turn in additional information. It’s unclear whether she would have qualified for aid, the AP writes.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 6, 2011