A woman and two children believed to be hers have been killed by a gunman on Christmas day.

The children are a 10-month-old and an 11-year-old, left in a pool of their own blood on a day the world was enjoying the yuletide.

Police were immediately called to the scene on Monday afternoon on report of shooting. On getting there, the police found the woman dead outside the apartment.

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Sgt. Jonathan Howard says officers tried to talk to the suspect, who had barricaded himself inside an apartment. The unidentified man indicated to them that he had killed two children.

Several hours later, Howard says the man began shooting at officers. One officer was injured. After a brief exchange of gunfire, the suspect was taken into custody.

The man did not appear to be injured.

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