Neighbors shocked by murder-suicide

POSTED: Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 7:13pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:00pm

Neighbors living near the victims of a tragic murder-suicide say the area is usually very safe. Deputies in Livingston Parish found three gunshot victims in a house on King George Bay Road near the town of French Settlement Friday afternoon.

This came after they received a call from the mother-in-law of 39-year-old Joseph Shaffett. Deputies say she told them Shaffett claimed to have shot his wife and child and was about to shoot himself.

When deputies arrived on scene, they found 33-year-old Courtney Shaffett, her five-year-old son, Reese, and Joseph Shaffett dead from gunshot wounds. Neighbors say nothing like this has ever happened in this community before.

The shooting is still under investigation.