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SHOREVIEW SHOOTING: Gunman's son says father called before death

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Loved ones are still reeling from Tuesday's quadruple shooting in Shoreview, but FOX 9 News is learning more about the history of the accused killer after speaking with the gunman's son.

Johnny Simpson, 65, is accused of shooting his live-in girlfriend, 57-year-old Nancy Sullivan, as she was trying to move out. He also turned the handgun on Sullivan's daughter, 29-year-old Katie Fay, and Fay's boyfriend, 28-year-old Tony Brown, before turning the gun on himself, according to the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.

Off-camera, Simpson's son, Anthony, spoke with FOX 9 News he is completely heartbroken and explained that his father had called him just before the shooting began. Even so, he said he has no idea how or why it happened.

On Wednesday, a memorial began building outside the home Sullivan and Simpson had shared for years. Sullivan was in the process of moving out with her daughter's help and a pair of professional movers when Simpson entered with a gun.

Simpson's son told FOX 9 News the break-up was not a surprise to anyone in the family. In fact, the relationship ended two months ago and the move had been planned for over a week.

Prior to his relationship with Sullivan, Simpson went through a divorce in 2002. His son told FOX 9 News his ex-wife still lives about a half mile away from where Tuesday's shooting took place.

In court documents stemming from the custody battle over their son, Simpson's ex-wife wrote: "John has a pattern of escalating anger which culminates in very abusive verbal behavior and sometimes escalates to physical. John has caused me stitches in my cheek and has also choked me."

Simpson's family members rebuff those statements, saying they are false and describing Simpson as a caring man who was well-liked by everyone from his church and by coworkers at the golf course where he worked.

FOX 9 News confirmed Simpson accepted a plea that reduced a domestic assault charge to a charge of disorderly conduct in 2001. 

Meanwhile, both Fay and Brown remain in the hospital and were scheduled for surgery on Wednesday. Fay was hospitalized in critical condition after she was shot in the abdomen. Brown was shot in the leg.

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