PUYALLUP, Wash -- A 69-year-old man called Puyallup Police early Sunday morning, saying he'd shot his two adult children in the head.

He was contemplating shooting himself, said Deputy Chief David McDonald. The dispatcher kept him on the line while officers responded and surrounded the house. We were successful in talking him into putting down the gun and then coming outside.

Shortly after, police found a man and a woman with gunshot wounds to the head in different rooms of the house. Police say both victims appeared to have been shot in their sleep.

Both victims were taken to Tacoma General Hospital, where the female victim died, the male victim was reportedly in grave condition.

Police say they'd been to the home before. Several people who live in the home had restraining orders against each other and there were numerous fights.

Family disputes between the brother and sister, the parents and son, the parents and the daughter, some of the grandchildren of the shooting victims over the last several years, said McDonald.

Two children, ages 6 and 7, were in the home at the time of the shooting. They were not injured. They are now in protective custody.

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