Father kills three children, himself in US church shooting

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Father kills three children, himself in US church shooting

According to police, a father shot three of his own children before turning the gun on himself in a church in the United States on Monday.

A fifth person was killed in the shooting in Sacramento, California, but it was unclear whether that person was related to what police described as a domestic incident.

The three children who died were all under the age of 15, according to Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Rod Grassmann.

The three children who died were all under the age of 15, according to Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Rod Grassmann.
“At 5:07 this afternoon, we received a call that there was a shooting inside the church,” Grassmann said.

“We have found now there’s an adult male, a father who has shot and killed his three children under the age of 15,” he added.

“And my understanding is that there is a fifth person that is also deceased. I don’t know if they are related.”

Police said they were not looking for anyone else involved in the shooting at The Church of Sacramento in the Arden Arcade area of the city.

“This is as far as I can see, at this point, a domestic violence-related sort of incident,” Grassmann said.

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 favoured by the majority of Americans.

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