Minnesota Man Killed Wife, 3 Children Before Turning Gun on Himself, Police Say

Posted by jhingarat21 on 14th Sep 2015

Minnetonka High School classmates Nathan Kahn, left, and Nick Collins stand outside the Short family’s house in Greenwood, Minn., Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. Police pushed ahead Friday with their investigation into an apparent murder-suicide in the affluent Minneapolis suburb that left the Short family of five dead, while a high school offered counseling to classmates of the three children.

MINNEAPOLIS — The founder of a social networking service for nurses used a shotgun to kill his wife and three children before turning the gun on himself, police said Saturday after the release of autopsy reports.

Investigators believe Brian Short killed his wife, Karen, and their three teenage children in their Greenwood home late Monday or early Tuesday, Mike Siitari, the interim chief of the South Lake Minnetonka police department, told The Associated Press.

“All evidence indicates Brian Short killed his family members in their bedrooms before turning the gun on himself,” the department said in a news release.

Officers found the dead family members Thursday during a welfare check at their home. A co-worker of Brian Short told police they hadn’t been heard from in days. The children hadn’t reported to school since it resumed on Tuesday.

Police found Karen Short, 48, and the three children — Cole, 17, Madison, 15, and Brooklyn, 14 — dead in their bedrooms. Brian Short, 45, was found dead in the home’s eight-car garage.

The Hennepin County medical examiner ruled Saturday that all five died from shotgun wounds to the head and that only Brian Short’s wound was self-inflicted.

No motive has been discovered and no further information will be released this weekend, the police department statement said.

Short was the founder of, a social networking site for nurses, which he started in 1994 when he was still a nursing student. He depicted The Excelsior-based company as a success in a 2014 interview with the Star Tribune newspaper. He said he ran the operation out of his house until a year earlier. He had four staff people as of a year ago. He said the site was drawing 4 million unique visitors per month, with 150,000 unique users every day. And he said he had turned down 50 buyout offers in the past 10 years.

Greenwood, a village of about 700 people, sits on the south side of Lake Minnetonka. The Shorts bought the home on St. Alban’s Bay in 2011 for $2 million, property tax records show.

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