Sacramento, California (AP) – On Monday, a man shot dead three children, another man and himself in a church in Sacramento, California, authorities said.
Deputies, responding to reports of the shooting at about 5 p.m., found five people killed, including a shooter, at a church in the Ardennes-Arcade area, the sergeant said. Rod Grassman of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.
The victims included three minors under the age of 15, Grasman said. He did not know their gender.
The identity of the other victim was not known immediately.
A church employee heard gunshots and called the 911 service, Grasman said. According to him, the shooting took place in the area of the main reserve.
Sheriff’s staff is investigating this as an incident of domestic violence, Grasman said.
Officials did not know whether family members belonged to the church, which is located in a mostly residential neighborhood near a commercial area east of downtown Sacramento.
It was not immediately known how many people were in the church and whether there were services or events at the time of the shooting.
Weber reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press reporter Stephanie Dazio also contributed from Los Angeles.