Christopher Wood, a Baldwinsville man, allegedly shot his 14-year-old daughter Ava Wood and killed himself in an apparent murder-suicide. The local police department said that the two were found dead when officers responded to the house for a status check shortly after 8:30 AM.
Authorities added that they died from gunshot wounds. The onw on Christopher appeared to be self-inflicted. Their bodies were found in separate bedrooms, police added.
Onondaga County Sheriff Toby Shelley announced the Sheriff’s Office has now taken over the investigation. Authorities further added that Christopher and the girl’s mother were still married but were not living together.
Who is Christopher Wood?
Christopher Wood, 14-year-old Ava’s father, was found dead with gunshot wounds inside his home at 6 Triangle Place, off West Genesee Street in Baldwinsville. He was 51 years old.
The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office is in charge of the criminal investigation. “The gunshot to Mr. Wood does appear to be self-inflicted, so, while obviously the medical examiner and Sheriff Shelley’s Criminal Investigation Unit need to complete their investigation. Based upon their initial review of the scene, it would appear that that is a likely outcome of this investigation,” said Baldwinsville Police Chief, Michael Lefancheck.
During the press conference, Lefancheck informed that Ava’s parents were married, but living separately at the time. There were two incidents between the mother and father of Ava Wood in the past. One was in March 2022, and the other two days back, on January 18, 2023.
“They did involve violence, one was a stalking incident and the other was an alleged aggravated harassment incident,” said Sheriff Shelley. Police confirmed that the father was abusive towards the mother.
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However, they are not aware of any suicidal tendencies of Wood. The BPD has had no contact with him other than an accident investigation that took place several years ago.