SACRAMENTO, Calif. (TCD) -- A 39-year-old father reportedly shot and killed his three children and another man before turning the gun on himself at a local church.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Monday evening that some intersections were blocked off due to a shooting. Sgt. Rod Grassmann with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call at 5:07 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28, about a shooting inside a church. A worker who was upstairs reportedly heard the shots, left the building, and called 911. Grassmann said none of the victims were transported to the hospital because they were all declared dead at the scene.
The Sacramento Bee reports the gunfire broke out during a supervised visit between the suspect and his daughters at The Church in Sacramento. The three victims were 9, 10, and 13 years old. The fourth victim was reportedly a man who was supervising the visit. His relationship to the girls was not immediately clear.
The girls’ mother was reportedly out of town when the shooting occurred. She also reportedly had a restraining order against her daughters' father. Due to the restraining order, he should not have been in possession of a firearm.
Sheriff Scott Jones told the Sacramento Bee, "The shooter came in and — what appears to be — killed the person who was supervising the visit, killed his own three children, and then turned the gun on himself."
The victims' names were not released, but KTXL-TV reports they were students at Bannon Creek School and Leroy Greene Academy.