Pennsylvania

Father named as the shooter in murder-suicide of family

  • FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2014, file photo, 4-month-old Willow Short, center, who received a heart transplant when she was 6 days old, poses for a photograph with her parents Megan Short, top right, and Mark Short Sr., top left, her 6-year-old sister Liana, bottom left, and her 3-year-old brother Mark Jr., bottom right, in Sinking Spring, Pa. Berks County District Attorney John Adams said Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, that Mark Short Sr. bought a gun a day after police responded to a domestic dispute call on July 18, 2016, before killing his wife Megan and the couple's three children on Aug. 6, 2016. The family had been featured in news stories about difficulties getting medication for their daughter Willow after her heart transplant. (Susan L. Angstadt/Reading Eagle via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2014, file photo, 4-month-old Willow Short, center, who received a heart transplant when she was 6 days old, poses for a photograph with her parents Megan Short, top right, and Mark Short Sr., top left, her 6-year-old sister Liana, bottom left, and her 3-year-old brother Mark Jr., bottom right, in Sinking Spring, Pa. Berks County District Attorney John Adams said Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, that Mark Short Sr. bought a gun a day after police responded to a domestic dispute call on July 18, 2016, before killing his wife Megan and the couple's three children on Aug. 6, 2016. The family had been featured in news stories about difficulties getting medication for their daughter Willow after her heart transplant. (Susan L. Angstadt/Reading Eagle via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2016, file photo, Berks County Detective Michael J. Gombar investigates outside a house where Megan Short was found dead alongside her husband Mark Short Sr. and the couple's three children Liana, Mark Jr. and Willow in Sinking Spring, Pa. Berks County District Attorney John Adams said Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, that Mark Short Sr. bought a gun a day after police responded to a domestic dispute call on July 18, 2016, before killing his wife Megan and the couple's three children on Aug. 6, 2016. The family had been featured in news stories about difficulties getting medication for their daughter Willow, who received a heart transplant when she was 6 days old. (Jeremy Drey/Reading Eagle via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2016, file photo, Berks County Detective Michael J. Gombar investigates outside a house where Megan Short was found dead alongside her husband Mark Short Sr. and the couple's three children Liana, Mark Jr. and Willow in Sinking Spring, Pa. Berks County District Attorney John Adams said Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, that Mark Short Sr. bought a gun a day after police responded to a domestic dispute call on July 18, 2016, before killing his wife Megan and the couple's three children on Aug. 6, 2016. The family had been featured in news stories about difficulties getting medication for their daughter Willow, who received a heart transplant when she was 6 days old. (Jeremy Drey/Reading Eagle via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities have named a Pennsylvania man as the shooter in a murder-suicide that left his family dead earlier this month.

The Berks County district attorney said Monday that 40-year-old Mark Short Sr. shot and killed his 33-year-old wife, Megan, and the couple's three children before turning the weapon on himself.

The children — 8-year-old Lianna, 5-year-old Mark Jr. and 2-year-old Willow — were found dead alongside their parents Aug. 6 in the family's home in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania.

Authorities say the couple had been having "domestic issues." They found a handwritten murder-suicide note and a handgun near one of the adults.

Neighbors say Megan Short had posted on social media before her death that she planned to leave her husband. A funeral Mass was held Friday.