A MUM claims her jealous ex-husband deliberately kept her alive after shooting her and killing their three children.
Amanda Simpson, who was shot in the shoulder, said Justin Painter made sure she survived the attack to add to her grief after losing her beloved children after she left him a year ago.
Facebook Grieving Amanda Simpson says former husband Justin Painter made sure she survived after he shot dead their three kids
The gunman – who also killed Amanda’s new boyfriend, Seth Richardson, in the rampage – flipped after she turned down his pleas to rekindle their romance.
Painter had shot Amanda in the shoulder and told her: “Seth’s dead. The kids are dead. And you’re going to have to live with it”, before killing himself.
Amanda, 29, of Texas, has now been released from hospital and says her ex-husband “won” after his murder spree.
She told the HuffPost:“My kids were my coping mechanism, and now they are gone.
Facebook Amanda with her ex husband Justin Painter – who shot himself after the gun attack
Facebook The killer gunned down his three children
Facebook Painter also killed Amanda’s new boyfriend in the massacre
Facebook The heartbroken mum posted videos from her hospital bed
“He knew when he took them from me, he took everything. He’s won.”
Odin Painter, eight, Caydence Painter, six, and Drake Painter, four were killed by their father.
Authorities said Painter, who divorced Amanda in 2017 after five years of marriage, stormed into her Ponder home around 8.30am on May 16 and gunned down the children.
He then shot Amanda and her boyfriend before killing himself.
Facebook Amanda said she’d told the judge who oversaw her and Painter’s divorce that he was ‘unstable’
Facebook Painter with daughter Caydence, who he killed
Facebook Amanda said she now has the heartbreaking task of making funeral arrangements for her children
The two men were found dead in a bedroom of the home.
Amanda was the sole survivor of the attack and suffered a wound to her shoulder after a bullet went through Richardson’s body and into hers.
Shortly after the massacre, Amanda posted three Facebook Live videos from her hospital bed – in which she blamed the judge who oversaw her divorce from her ex.
Amanda said in the video: “I made it very clear to the judge that he was mentally unstable. And they didn’t listen.”
Judge Nancy Berger, released a statement denying that mental health issues were brought up as a concern.
She said: “The parties, in their Mediated Settlement Agreement, denied any family violence and mental health issues,” Judge Nancy Berger wrote in a statement, according to WFAA .”
In another Facebook video, Amanda sobbed as she told how she now has to bury her three children.