Father kills his three children, adult during supervised visit in California, officials say

A gunman killed his three children, their chaperone, and himself during a court supervised visit Monday evening at a church just outside Sacramento, authorities said.

The gunman’s children were 15 and younger, officials said Monday night. Law enforcement sources said the shooter used an AR-15 style semiautomatic rifle.

Sheriff Scott Jones said at an evening press conference that the mother of the three was notified of the tragedy while out of town. The adult appointed by a court to supervise the visit was likely someone amenable to both mother and father, he said.

This “is obviously behind anyone’s rational comprehension,” Jones said. ” … You just don’t know what people are capable of.”

Authorities described the father as the subject of restraining order, possibly as part of a “domestic” case. But many details remained subject to investigation, Jones said.

Names of the victims were not available.

Sgt. Rod Grassmann of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department said earlier that gunfire erupted shortly after 5 p.m. at the church, which was not named.

Police secure the area outside a church after a shooting Monday in Sacramento, Calif.
Police secure the area outside a church after a shooting Monday in Sacramento, Calif.KCRA

Mayor Pro Tem Eric Guerra of the city of Sacramento posted an address on social media that corresponded to a small, residential-like location called the Church of Sacramento. Jones said the location hosted multiple denominations.

The address also matched the location in dispatcher radio traffic regarding the shooting. The Church of Sacramento, a Christian denomination, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The neighborhood is in the community of Arden Arcade, which abuts the eastern boundary of Sacramento and was developed after World War II.

The sergeant said that the threat was over and no other suspects appear to be involved.

Todd Miyazawa and Andrew Blankstein contributed.

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