SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Authorities believe a man shot and killed his wife and two children before turning the gun on himself in their Southern California home, where their bodies were found Friday.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies went to the house in Santa Clarita early Friday after getting a call from someone concerned about the family, Lt. Rodney Moore said.
The husband and wife, their college-age daughter and pre-teen son were found shot to death in what appears to be a murder-suicide carried out by the man, Moore said. Police are not looking for any suspects.
The gun believed to be used in the crime was found at the scene, said Moore, who declined to identify the family.
The house is in a neighborhood of modern, two-story homes in a development below the foothills of the Angeles National Forest, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of downtown Los Angeles.
Cindy Rolow, a neighbor who lives five doors down from the family, said she didn’t know them but would often see the father and son walking through the neighborhood holding hands.
“We always thought that was cute,” she said. “This is just awful, it’s horrific. It’s so sad to hear somebody would take their family’s life and their own life.”