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MADISON (WKOW) -- Suspect accused of shooting his girlfriend, two children arrested, click here to read more on his charges.
MADISON (WKOW) -- Authorities said two children survived gunshot wounds to the head and face in the wake of a shooting at a duplex on Madison's Loreen Drive.
Authorities said Donte Beasley, 38, is suspected of shooting his girlfriend and his two children Saturday.   Authorities said Beasley cut himself with a knife and remains hospitalized.
Court records connected to a search carried out at the scene of the shooting state Beasley and his girlfriend, Zenolia Rice, argued over sex before the shooting took place.
Court records state Beasley shot Rice after she tried to make a phone call for help, and after she summoned her children to help her.  
Madison police spokesperson Joel DeSpain told 27 News the children were shot in the head by Beasley. Court records state Beasley's 8-year-old daughter was shot in the back of the skull.   Records state Beasley's 7-year-old son was shot in the face.
"When I first got the call, I thought we'd be looking at a triple homicide," DeSpain told WKOW27 News.  
DeSpain said Rice, the children's mother, was able to leave the scene of the shooting and get help despite her wounds.
"The mother is able to find the internal fortitude to get out of that residence, find help.   We've got neighbors who started giving her some first aid."
Police chief Noble Wray referred to Rice's actions as "heroism," and also commended the work of first responders from his department and the fire department in treating the wounded.
Authorities said Beasley was intoxicated at the time of the shooting.  
Records show a 9-millimeter handgun and a 38-caliber revolver were seized by investigators during the home's search.
DeSpain said authorities intend to arrest Beasley on tentative charges of three counts of attempted first degree intentional homicide when Beasley is released from the hospital. 
Online court records indicate Beasley is a convicted felon from a 1998 drug offense and could lawfully own any guns.

A fund has been set up for the 2 children who were each shot in the head during this weekend's domestic violence on Loreen Drive.

Anyone wishing to donate to help these children may do so in 3 ways:

  1.  Write a check to: Loreen Drive Victims' Fund

They can be sent to: Loreen Drive Victims' Fund

c/o Heartland Credit Union, 5325 High Crossing Blvd, Madison, WI 53718

    2. Checks can also be hand delivered to any of Heartland's branches.

    3. Donations can also be made via Heartland's website

Donations can be taken as of 5:00 p.m. today.

All proceeds will be given to the children for use toward their medical bills and to help them in daily needs and routines. 

Questions about the fund can be directed to Robin Marohn, Vice President at Heartland Credit Union 268-7328.

Online reporting by Tony Galli, Wendy Hathaway and news staff


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison police officials said Donte Beasley, 38, is suspected of shooting his girlfriend and their two young children in a home on Loreen Drive, and then apparently trying to kill himself.

In a statement, officials said police department officials plan to arrest Beasley for three counts of attempted first degree intentional homicide after Beasley is released from a hospital.   Authorities said Beasley suffered self-inflicted cuts to his neck.

Authorities said a 42 year old woman, and the couple's children, an eight year old girl and a seven year old boy, are hospitalized and listed in stable condition.

Authorities said Beasley was intoxicated before he started a fight with his girlfriend Saturday morning and the shooting took place.

27 News reporter Tony Galli is checking into the details surrounding the violent incident; stay tuned for updates on this developing story here on and tonight on 27 News at 5, 6, 6:30 and 10.

Online reporting by Tony Galli
Follow Tony on Twitter @galli_wkow

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