Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Man shoots his Own daughters, killing one, while grandchildren were in the house
A CALIFORNIA man has shot his two adult daughters, killing one and critically injuring the other before apparently taking his own life while his three young grandchildren were in the home, authorities say.
An eight-year-old girl called to report gunfire before dawn on Monday, and deputies arrived to find 63-year-old Anthony Alvarez dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Tulare County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.
Jennifer Kimble, 37, was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds. She was the daughter of Alvarez and the mother of the three children in the home - two boys ages 13 and 11, and the girl.
Kimble's sister Valerie Alvarez, 33, had at least one gunshot wound and was flown to a Fresno hospital in critical condition. She was stabilised and having surgery, sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt Chris Douglass said.
The investigation was continuing and autopsies were planned later in the week.
Douglass said investigators did not doubt that Anthony Alvarez had shot his daughters and turned the gun on himself.
"It's a very cut-and-dried case," she said.
No information was released on a possible motive.
The children were unharmed and reunited with their father, who was at work during the shootings, authorities said.
The shootings occurred on a residential street of small stucco homes in Orosi, a town of about 9000 people in California's Central Valley about 32.18km southeast of Fresno.