BILLINGS, July 20 (AP) A man drove his pickup truck into a family and opened fire with a shotgun as they walked through a tourist village bordering Glacier National Park, killing one and fatally wounding a baby who was in her mother’s arms. The mother-in-law managed to kill the assailant after she ran out of ammunition, authorities said.
David Siau, 39, of Syracuse, New York, and Siau’s 18-month-old daughter Mackenzie were killed in the weekend attack on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in northwestern Montana.
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The attacker, Derrick Amos Madden, 37, had a previous relationship with the woman who killed him and had mental health issues, the Glacier County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday. Authorities have not said how he was killed.
The sheriff’s office said Madden drove a Toyota Tacoma onto a sidewalk and struck several of the Siau family before crashing into a tree as they walked in the small town of East Glacier Park just before 9 p.m. Sunday.
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Madden got out and shot and killed David Siau and fatally wounded McKenzie. The young girl was being held by her mother, Christy Siau (40), who was shot and wounded as she tried to escape.
Madden then ran out of ammunition and used a knife to attack sister-in-law Christina Siau, 30. But the woman fought back and fatally wounded Madden, who authorities said died at the scene, said Capt. Tom Seifert with Glacier. County Sheriff’s Office.
Seifert declined to elaborate on how Siau killed Madden or whether any other weapons were recovered from the scene.
“He fought back and he won,” he said.
David and Christy Siau’s two other children were present but were able to escape and were not injured.
Mackenzie Siau was pronounced dead at the Indian Health Service Hospital in Browning. Christy and Christina Siau were seriously injured and were taken to another hospital with a higher level of care.
Because of Christy Siu’s injuries, investigators were unable to interview her about what happened, Seifert said.
Bystanders in the area witnessed the attack and reported it to authorities, Seiffert said. He added that police responded to the scene within minutes, but the attack was already over.
The Montana Highway Patrol was trying to determine the exact speed Madden was driving when he struck the family. Seifert described it as going faster than the posted speed limit, which he said was at least 25 miles (40 km) per hour.
Authorities did not say whether Madden, of Goldsby, Oklahoma, legally owned the shotgun. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also involved in the case.
The sheriff’s office described it as an “isolated…incident with a clear connection between Madden” and said the investigation is ongoing. It’s unclear what prompted Sunday’s attack beyond a prior relationship between Madden and Christina Siew.
Local authorities were not aware of any previous interactions Madden had with law enforcement. He was working in East Glacier Park, a town of about 300 year-round residents bordering Glacier National Park with summer tourist crowds.
Christina Siu is originally from New York and lives in East Glacier Park. His brother and his family came to visit him on vacation, Seifert said.
A colleague of David Siu described him as “a great person, a great friend …. (and) a great father, of course loving to his three children”.
“They just loved doing activities with them outdoors, even just fun simple things, like weekends and day trips,” says Peter DePuy, bookkeeper for Benchmark’s Syracuse audio products company. David Siu was the production manager for the 13-employee company and first started working there more than two decades ago when he was a teenager, Depui said.
Christy Siu was the former accountant for the American Baptist Church in New York State, according to a social media posting by the organization. A statement from executive minister Reverend James Kelsey described him as a “long-standing and beloved member” of the organization’s staff.
Christy and David Siau were also active at First Baptist Church in Hoosick Falls, New York, Kelsey said. (AP)
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