KEY POINTS

  • Moorefield police said the shooting took place Thursday
  • The woman was identified as 38-year-old Brandi Baker
  • Her 9-month-old baby died at the scene, while the other child was hospitalized

A woman in West Virginia fatally shot her 9-month-old baby and injured another child, before killing herself Thursday.

Moorefield police responded to a home in Winchester Avenue after receiving reports of gunshots being fired. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a woman and an infant dead. They also found another child wounded in the house from a gunshot, ABC-affiliated WHSV3 reported. 

The woman was identified as 38-year-old Brandi Baker. 

The Hardy County Medical Examiner declared Baker and the infant dead on the scene. The injured child, who was rushed to the Morgantown Medical Center, remained in critical condition as of Friday morning, the police said.

Police Chief Stephen Riggleman said preliminary investigation showed Baker -- who was identified as the mother of the children -- shot them before she killed herself. It was not revealed if the woman lived alone with the kids in the house. 

The motive behind the murder-suicide is unknown. The Moorefield Police Department is currently investigating the incident.

In a similar incident, a Missouri woman killed her 3-year-old daughter before shooting herself in January. The victims were identified as Kanisha Richardson and Ava Richardson. The bodies of the woman and her child were found in their parked vehicle in Nottingham Lane in Bridgeton. The police said the gun used in the incident was recovered from the vehicle. No suicide note was found at the scene. 

The incident came to light after a missing report was filed for Kanisha and Ava. The mother-daughter duo were last seen two days earlier. At the time, the Missouri Highway Patrol issued an endangered missing person advisory, saying that Kanisha had made suicidal statements before she left home. It was also likely that she was carrying a gun while she was with the child.

Their bodies were later found inside an SUV parked at the apartment complex.

If You Are Or Know Someone in Crisis. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ( Lifeline) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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