Three teenagers were shot dead by their father along with a fourth person before the gunman took his own life at a church in the Arden Arcade area Monday afternoon, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.
Sgt. Rod Grassman confirmed there was a fifth person killed, but it is unclear if that person was also family.
All three children were under the age of 15 and the incident was contained inside the church, Grassman said. The identities of the involved parties have not yet been released.
Sacramento Metro Fire earlier confirmed that there were multiple casualties in the incident, but so far, no additional details regarding a suspect were available.
The sheriff’s office said it was a case of domestic violence.
One witness told CBS13 he saw police bring one victim out of the church.
The Sacramento Sheriff’s Office posted on Twitter that they were at the scene of a shooting.
Howe and Ethan and Howe and Cottage have a large police presence due to a shooting , please avoid the area. The Sheriffs Office PIO will be at the command Post located at the Home Depot on Howe and cottage.
— Sacramento Sheriff (@sacsheriff) March 1, 2022
The scene was at the Church in Sacramento in the area of Wyda and Ethan ways near the Chick-fil-A by Arden Fair.
Fire crews and SWAT responded to the scene. A police chopper in the area could be heard asking people to stay inside and for anyone with information to contact authorities.