An intensely shocking event occurred in a church in the US on Monday, when a father shot three of his own children before turning the gun on himself.
A fifth person also died in the shooting in Sacramento, California. However, it was not clear if that person was related to what the police said was a domestic incident.
“The suspect in this case, who ended up killing himself, had a restraining order out against him by his estranged wife, the mother of the three children victims,” Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones told NBC Bay Area.
All three children who died were under the age of 15, police said. Local reports said they were three girls aged 9, 10, and 13.
Jones said the children had gone to The Church of Sacramento, in the Arden Arcade area of the city, for a supervised visit with their father. Local media reported that authorities thought the fifth victim, whose identity was still unknown, was the person overseeing the visit.
“At 5:07 this afternoon, we received a call that there was a shooting inside the church,” Sergeant Rod Grassmann of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office told reporters.
“This is as far as I can see, at this point, a domestic violence-related sort of incident,” he said. Police said they were not looking for anyone else involved in the shooting.
‘Senseless act of gun violence’
California Governor Gavin Newsom called the murders “senseless” in a Twitter posting. “Another senseless act of gun violence in America — this time in our backyard. In a church with kids inside,” he said. “Absolutely devastating. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and their communities.”
Mass killings involving firearms are a distressingly common occurrence in the United States.
Lax gun laws and an insistence on the right to bear arms have repeatedly stymied attempts to clamp down on the number of weapons in circulation, despite greater controls being favored by the majority of Americans.
In another murder case, Mahek Bukhari, a popular British-Pakistani TikTok star, was recently charged with murder along with her mother and three others. The mother-daughter duo allegedly killed two men after a car chase in Leicestershire, England on February 11.
Meanwhile, a similar local case also transpired when one young lawyer, his wife, and their three-month-old daughter were found murdered in their home in a private housing scheme in the Chuhng area of Lahore on Sunday.
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