A murder-suicide at a home in San Diego on Saturday morning left five people dead, including three little children and their mom, according to authorities, who believe the incident was sparked by a bitter separation.
A fourth victim, an 11-year-old boy, was in very serious condition after being hurried to a local hospital, according to police.
Officers returned shortly before 7 a.m. to the 2100 block of Flintridge Drive in Paradise Hills after a 911 call from the house and another call from a nearby relative said Lt. Matt Dobbs of the San Diego Police Department.
There was no conversation with the 911 caller, “but, the dispatcher could hear some arguing in the background” and someone being ordered to leave, the officer said. The relative who lives nearby also reported learning an argument and what he considered to be the sound of a nail gun.
The officers came to the scene about a minute later. Later receiving no answer at the front door, they went around to the back of the house and saw in a window.
“They could see a kid down and covered in blood,” Dobbs told. The officers then broke a front window and entered the home, where they found six people who had been shot.
A 31-year-old guy had been shot in the head, officials said. The other individuals were recognized as his estranged wife and their four boys. The adults and a 3-year-old boy were declared dead at the scene.
Three other boys were brought to medical centers, where the 5-year-old and the 9-year-old died, police told. The 11-year-old was undergoing an emergency operation.
A handgun was obtained at the scene.
“It seems to be a tragic event of domestic violence,” Dobbs said at a news conference, figuring the woman had recently got a restraining order against her husband and the two had been living apart for some time.
“He used a handgun to shoot his family members before turning the gun on himself,” the officer said.
Their names were not instantly released.