5 members of a San Diego family are lifeless — including three young kids — after an apparent murder-suicide sparked by a rancorous split.
San Diego police told an estranged husband killed his wife and three of their children Saturday a.M. and injured a fourth child, who is listed in critical condition following an emergency operation.
The children varied in age from 3 to 11. Police initially said the oldest boy had remained, but later said they weren’t certain.
“It’s still very beginning in the investigation but it seems to be a tragic case of domestic violence, murder-suicide,” San Diego Police Lt Matt Dobbs reported NBC San Diego. “We think the male came over this morning, there was any kind of argument or fight and he used a handgun and killed his family before turning the gun upon himself.”
The man was found with a bullet injury to the head, Dobbs said. He said the mother had taken a restraining order upon her husband the day before, but he didn’t know if the order had been served, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Earlier, Dobbs told that a 911 call came in soon before 7 a.m. from a “granny flat” attached to the main house in Paradise Hills. No one talked to the dispatcher, who could hear arguing in the background and someone being urged to leave, he said. A second call came in as officers were on their route to the location, this one from a relative who lived in the main residence and who reported disputing and what sounded like a nail gun.
When no one returned a knock at the door, officers went to the back of the place and saw through a glass a bloody child lying on the floor. At that point, they smashed into the house and found six victims with gunshot injuries.
Dobbs told a 3-year-old boy and the two adults were declared dead at the scene. A 5-year-old boy, a 9-year-old boy, and an 11-year-old boy were hurried to the hospital, but two died of their injuries, the Union-Tribune reported.
Officials did not clear the name of the family. They told a gun was obtained inside the house.