He Was at a Supervised Visit With His 3 Daughters, Killed Everyone

3 girls, their chaperone, and the shooter dead in Sacramento
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 1, 2022 12:10 AM CST
He Was at a Supervised Visit With His 3 Daughters, Killed Everyone
A Sacramento Police officer stands behind police tape blocking the street near the scene of a shooting in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Feb. 28, 2022.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

A man shot and killed his three daughters, their chaperone, and himself during a supervised visit with the girls Monday at a church in Sacramento, Calif., authorities said. Deputies responding to reports of gunfire around 5pm found five people dead, including the shooter, at the church in the Arden-Arcade neighborhood, said Sgt. Rod Grassmann with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. The victims included three girls ages 9, 10, and 13, the AP reports. The shooter was estranged from his daughters' mother, who had a restraining order against him, Sheriff Scott Jones said. Investigators believe the shooting happened during a supervised visit with the children and that the fourth victim was their chaperone, Jones said.

The shooter's name wasn't immediately released, but officials said he was 39 years old. An employee of The Church In Sacramento heard the gunshots and called 911, Grassmann said. Sheriff's officials are investigating it as a domestic violence incident, he said. Officials didn't know if the family members belonged to the church, which sits on a mostly residential block near a commercial area east of downtown Sacramento. The Church In Sacramento caters to English, Chinese, and Spanish worshippers, according to its website. No events for Monday were listed on its online calendar. Gov. Gavin Newsom said his office was working with local law enforcement.

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