(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — A man fatally shot his three children, their chaperone, and himself during a supervised visitation with the children Monday at a church in Sacramento, Calif., authorities said.
Deputies responding to reports of gunfire around 5 p.m. found five people dead, including the shooter, at the church in the Arden-Arcade neighborhood, Sgt. Rod Grassmann with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.
The victims included three minors under the age of 15, Grassman said. He did not know their sexes.
The shooter was separated from the children’s mother, who had a restraining order against him, Sheriff Scott Jones said.
Investigators believe the shooting occurred during a supervised visitation with the children and the fourth victim was their chaperone, Jones said.
The identity of the shooter was not immediately revealed.
A church worker heard the shots and called 911, Grassman said. The shooting took place in the main area of the shrine, he said.
Sheriff officials are investigating an incident of domestic violence, Grassman said.
Officials were unsure if the family members belonged to the church, which sits on a mostly residential block near a commercial area east of downtown Sacramento.
It was not immediately known how many people were at the church or if there were any services or activities at the time of the shooting.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said his office is working with local law enforcement.
“Another senseless act of gun violence in America – this time in our backyard. In a church with kids inside. Absolutely devastating,” Newsom tweeted.
Weber reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press reporter Stefanie Dazio also contributed from Los Angeles.