SAN DIEGO (AP) — A husband and wife and three of their young children died Saturday morning at the family’s San Diego home in what police believe was a murder-suicide sparked by a bitter divorce.
Police Lt. Matt Dobbs told reporters that officers arrived at the home shortly before 7 a.m. Saturday following a 911 call from the residence in which a dispatcher heard someone being asked to leave. As they traveled there another call came from a neighbor saying they heard a sound coming from the home that sounded like a nail gun.
Officers looked through a window and saw a small boy inside covered in blood. They broke into the house and found a 29-year-old woman, her 31-year-old husband and their 3-year-old son dead and three other boys, believed to be ages 5, 9, and 11 badly wounded.
Two were pronounced dead at a hospital. The third was reported to be in very critical condition, Dobbs told a news conference.
Police originally gave the surviving boy’s age as 11 but said later they could not be sure if that was correct.
They sought to reassure the community they are not looking for a suspect.
“It appears to be a tragic case of domestic violence,” Dobbs said.