Mom shoots self, kids after being denied welfare

By the Associated Press | December 6, 2011 | 1:00 PM EST

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Police in Laredo, Texas, say a mother who was turned down for welfare benefits killed herself and shot her two children after a seven-hour standoff at a government social services office.

The situation unfolded Monday afternoon.

Investigator Joe Baeza says woman was upset because she had been denied benefits and took a supervisor at the office hostage. The worker was released and wasn't injured. Police were talking with the woman by phone just before midnight when she hung up and three shots rang out.

Her 10-year-old son and 12-year old daughter were hospitalized Tuesday in San Antonio.

Authorities said the woman had recently moved to Texas from Ohio.