In a fit of rage, a man from Tampa, Florida, shot his mother, his teenage daughter, and a friend of his mother. He only injured the first two, but the third was killed by the bullets.
According to the police investigation, Michel Banks, 42, admitted to the police that he wrote to his 17-year-old daughter “insisting that she be in a relationship with him and not date anyone else.” The man was very angry when his daughter rejected him.
Besides, Banks would have heard her mother and her friend say they planned to leave with the daughter.
That day, Banks’ 60-year-old mother called the police around 12:42 a.m. and said that Banks had shot her and her friend with a gun.
Officers arrived and found Banks’ mother and daughter outside the home. Both were shot. One of the officers saw Banks in the backyard, and Banks fired two shots at Gibson, according to the documents. Banks turned himself in soon.
The agents entered the home, and they found the body of a woman in the kitchen with a gunshot wound to the head. There is a revolver on a table.
The police identified the deceased woman as Josephine Muentes, 52 years old. However, they are not releasing the names of Banks’ mother and daughter because they are witnesses to a homicide, an agency spokeswoman said.
Why did he shoot?
Banks’ mother told the police that she and her son had an argument because of him: “He’s looking for a romantic relationship with his daughter,” the 17-year-old girl who was later shot. They planned for the man to leave the house to protect the minor.
He also said he heard a gunshot, turned around, and saw his friend fall to the ground as Banks stood over him, holding his gun. He confirmed that his son shot him, but the shot only hit him in the head.
For her part, Banks’ daughter told the police that she was taking a shower when she heard gunshots. He tried to push the door shut, but Banks shot him “in the head.” As he fled the home, Banks shot him in the leg, documents said.
In police statements, Banks admitted to writing the letter to her daughter, immediately rejecting her father’s suggestion.
“Banks reported feeling betrayed and angry,” the documents said.
Police specialists confirmed that the man started shooting at a “temper tantrum” because of his daughter’s rejection and her mother’s request to leave the house.
Banks was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on charges of first-degree murder with a firearm, two counts of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, one count of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm, and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Banks has at least two prior convictions for violent crimes: aggravated assault on a pregnant woman in 2007 and simple assault in 2010