WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) — The man accused of shooting his wife and two children at a Wichita home earlier this week made his first appearance in court Thursday afternoon.
Pettix McMillan, 38, is charged with three counts of attempted first degree murder.
During the hearing, McMillan asked the judge to explain the charges against him, and became emotional hearing the allegations. KAKE's Phil White reports that McMillan wiped tears from his eyes as the charges were being read.
The shooting happened Monday night at a home in the 300 block of North Parkdale, near Central and Maize. A 36-year-old woman and her two sons, ages 13 and 5, were shot but all three are expected to recover.
McMillan's bond is set at $1 million dollars and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 10.
A man is in custody, accused of shooting his wife and two children at their west Wichita home last night.
The shooting happened shortly after 9 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of North Parkdale, near Central and Maize Road.
According to Wichita Police, it began as an argument between a man and woman over one of their children. It soon escalated into a shooting.
The 36-year-old woman was shot at least once in the upper torso. A 13-year-old boy was shot in the head, and a 5-year-old boy was shot near his left eye. They were rushed to a local hospital.
Officers located the suspect about two hours later near Binter and Maize Road. Police say he had slits on his wrists where he attempted suicide shortly after the shooting.
Jail records identify the suspect as 38-year-old Pettix McMillan. Police say he's been arrested three times since January for domestic violence against the woman. There had been a protection from abuse order in place, but it expired in February.
McMillan is currently jailed on three counts of attempted first degree murder.
Police say all three victims are expected to survive.
KAKE News is not releasing the identity of the woman because she is a victim of domestic violence.