LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- WDRB News has obtained the 911 call placed by a 10-year-old boy after his mother allegedly shot his 8-year-old sister in the head, then shot herself, at the Hallmark Apartments in Jeffersonville, last week.
Melissa Combs died, but her 8-year-old daughter survived the incident. The boy was unharmed.
Police say the girl was conscious and talked to them when they arrived. She was rushed to Kosair Children's Hospital.
Below is a transcript of that 911 call:
FEMALE DISPATCHER: 911 what's the location of your emergency?
CALLER: Uh – Hallmark apartments, Allison Lane. [[redacted]]
FEMALE DISPATCHER: What's going on?
CALLER: My mom shot my sister in the head. [[Undecipherable…there is screaming in the background.]] No. No. No! No. Hold on. What's wrong?
FEMALE VOICE: I hit my head. [Undecipherable.] I don't' know!
CALLER: Let me see.
CALLER: Well, my sister hit her head. My mom's passed out on the couch. She had a gun. I have no clue what the crap she did, but I'm really scared.
FEMALE DISPATCHER: Okay, let me put you through to Jeffersonville Police Department, okay?
CALLER: Yes sir – yes ma'am.
FEMALE DISPATCHER: Stay on the line. You're in Jeffersonville?
FEMALE DISPATCHER: Okay, stay on the line. How old are you?
CALLER: [Undecipherable.] She's passed out. I don't know what she did.
FEMALE DISPATCHER: Has your mom been drinking?
MALE DISPATCHER: Jeff Police
CALLER: Umm…my mom's passed out on the couch. She had a gun. I have no clue what happened.
MALE DISPATCHER: She has a gun?
MALE DISPATCHER: Is she bleeding?
MALE DISPATCHER: Is she bleeding or breathing at all?
CALLER: I don't know!
MALE DISPATCHER: What's your address, sweetie? What's your address?
CALLER: Over at Hallmark Apartments…
MALE DISPATCHER: What's the address?
CALLER: Uh…uh [redacted] Allison Lane.
MALE DISPATCHER: That's [redacted] apartment off [undecipherable] apartments?
FEMALE DISPATCHER: Jeff, what's the address?
MALE DISPATCHER: [undecipherable] her momma's passed out on the couch she has a gun in her hand.
MALE DISPATCHER: Sweetie?
MALE DISPATCHER: What's your mom's name?
MALE DISPATCHER: Melissa what?
MALE DISPATCHER: C-O-M-B-S?
MALE DISPATCHER: Okay, I've got a couple officers [undecipherable], I'm gonna keep you on the line for just a minute okay.
MALE DISPATCHER: How old are you?
MALE DISPATCHER: You're 10?
CALLER: Yeah, and my sister has a hole in her head.
MALE DISPATCHER: Your sister has a hole in her head?
CALLER: Yes – and we don't got money to get her stitches.
MALE DISPATCHER: I'm sorry?
CALLER: We don't have money to get her stitches.
MALE DISPATCHER: Okay…okay.
[screaming in the background]
MALE DISPATCHER: Jeff, this is central. Yeah, go ahead and send an ambulance…
** END OF TRANSCRIPT **
Authorities tell WDRB News that both the boy and his sister are now staying with an aunt. The girl is expected to recover. Police are still awaiting the results of a toxicology report on Combs.
Police are calling it an attempted murder suicide. According to Jeffersonville Police detectives, 35-year-old Melissa Combs shot her daughter in the head while she was sleeping and then walked into another room and took her own life.
"That's crazy because we talk to...I talked to her at about 2:30 [Wednesday] yesterday in the evening and to wake up to hear this, that's crazy," says George Cannon, who is a neighbor.
Cannon and his wife say Combs didn't seem upset or worried when they spoke to her on Wednesday. "She looked normal yesterday, she didn't look like anything was wrong," says Shelly Cannon.
The Cannons are now wondering if the shooting had anything to do with the last conversation they had with Combs.
"Yesterday, I was talking to her about getting a job where I work at...and she said she was going to come back over and talk to me and she never did," says Shelly Cannon.
Police were called to the home Thursday morning.
"Our office received a call just before 6 a-m on a report of gunshots fired in an apartment," says Det. Todd Hollis, Jeffersonville Police.
Police say Combs' 10 year old son was also inside the home but wasn't injured. "He heard the gunshots and he was the one who called us to the scene. This is always especially tragic when you have a child that is that is injured from a gunshot wound."
It may be tragic, but police say it is also a miracle that the 8 year old is alive and talking.
"It is nothing short of miraculous that she was able to speak with officers and she didn't even know at the time that she had been shot," says Hollis.
Combs was pronounced dead at the scene.
Right now, police still don't know for sure what led to the shooting, however, they're talking to family and friends and believe the may have been some mental health issues involved.