A father entered a church in Sacramento, California, and killed his three daughters aged 9, 10 and 13 as well as an adult with them before turning the gun on himself in a suspected murder. person-suicide
A father killed his three daughters and an adult with them before turning his gun on himself at a church in California, it is reported.
Children tragically shot at the ages of 9, 10 and 13, said Sergeant Rod Grassman of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.
“This is not a random shooting,” he said, adding that the people involved “all know each other.”
Police are investigating after the man carried out the shooting as he entered the Sacramento Church, in the Arden-Arcade neighborhood of Sacramento, northern California.
The attack took place shortly after 5 p.m. local time on Monday.
The fifth person shot dead has been identified as a supervisor or chaperone, said Captain Parker Wilbourn of the Sacramento Fire County.
The man is said to have obtained a restraining order, and the child’s mother, who was not present, was later contacted by police.
A SWAT team was dispatched to the church after someone upstairs in the building heard gunshots and police urged locals to avoid the area.
A call to emergency services at 5:57 p.m. reported a shooting inside the church after a worker on the upper floor of the building heard a single gunshot followed by several more shots, report CNN.
A dead body was seen being removed from the church around 6:30 p.m., with a helicopter also reportedly arriving at the scene around that time.
There were other people inside the church at the time of the shooting although it is not known if a ceremony was taking place, but no one else was injured.
A Twitter statement from the Sacramento Sheriff read: “Howe and Ethan and Howe and Cottage experienced a large police presence due to a shooting, please avoid the area.
“The Sheriff’s Office PIO will be at the Headquarters located at the Home Depot on Howe and the cottage.”
Another sheriff later described the incident as a “tragic domestic violence case”.
“We are actively monitoring the shooting at a Sacramento church and are working closely with local law enforcement,” said a statement from California Governor Gavin Newsom’s office.
“Our thoughts are with the community, parishioners and all those affected by this horrific event.”
Governor Newsom later called the shooting “another senseless act of gun violence in America – this time in our backyard. In a church with children inside. Totally brutal.
“Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and their communities.”
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