Five members of the same family, including three children aged 3, 5 and 9, died this Saturday in a shooting in a home in the Paradise Hills area of San Diego, while another child under 11 was seriously injured, according to police in that city reported.
According to homicide lieutenant Matt Dobbs, it is a case of gender violence since the father shot at his wife, who was in the process of divorce with the attacker, and against his four children.
In addition to the attacker, 31, the dead are his wife, 29, and the couple's three sons, all under 10.RELATED
The eldest son, 11 years old, underwent surgery and remains in critical condition.
"There are victims of gender violence every day"
Local police chief David Nisleit told reporters that crime is part of a major problem of gender violence: "We know that throughout the country, in this city, there are victims of gender violence every day."
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, at 6:49 am, the emergency number 911 received a call from the house where the shooting occurred. However, the person who attended could not communicate with anyone. Only the sound of a background fight could be heard.
Later, a relative of the family who lives near the residence where the confrontation occurred called 911.
The San Diego police spokesman said that when they arrived at the scene of the event they knocked on the door and no one opened them, so the agents turned around the house and saw through a window the bloody body of a child.
At that time they decided to enter the house after breaking a window and found the bodies of family members with gunshot wounds.
Three of them, the three-year-old boy and the two adults, were dead, while the 5 and 9-year-old children were transferred to a hospital, where they died.
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