Sacramento church shooting kills 5, including 3 children

Authorities say a man shot and killed his three children, another person, then turned the gun on himself at a Sacramento church on Monday, the sheriff’s office confirmed.

Officials said law enforcement officers invaded an area of ​​Arden-Arcade around 5 p.m. after reports of gunfire. Deputies responded to the house of worship, known as The Church, where they found five dead.

The victims included three girls aged 9, 10 and 13, officials said. The identity of the other victim was not immediately known.

The sheriff’s office said the shooter, who is not identified, has a restraining order against him. An official said he was estranged from the children’s mother. Officials said the shooter was 39 years old. Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said investigators believe the shooting happened during a supervised visitation with the children and the fourth victim, an adult, was the chaperone.

sergeant. Rod Grassman said he didn’t know if the family members belonged to the church.

A church worker heard the shots and called 911, Grassman said. The shooting took place in the main area of ​​the shrine, he said.

Sheriff officials are investigating a domestic violence incident, Grassman said.

The church sits on a mostly residential block near a commercial area east of downtown Sacramento. It was not immediately known how many people were at the church or if there were any services or activities at the time of the shooting.

The church in Sacramento caters to English, Chinese and Spanish worshippers, according to its website. No events for Monday have been listed on its online calendar.

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Governor Gavin Newsom’s office said it was monitoring the shooting and working with law enforcement. On Twitter, they said they were thinking of the community and parishioners in the aftermath of this “horrific event”.

“Another senseless act of gun violence in America – this time in our backyard. In a church with kids inside. Absolutely devastating,” Newsom tweeted.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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