The community of Rowland Heights, California, spent the last few hours of 2015 in a panic as multiple gunshots left four persons dead in the neighbourhood according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department also reported that the person who killed the first three persons was in turn shot and killed by his own son after he managed to wrestle.
The 2200 block of Batson Avenue is the scene of the incident, and reportedly the night’s shootings occurred at about 8:40 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. ABC 7 Eyewitness News reported that, according to officials from the fire department, there were four victims in total when they arrived at the scene of the shooting, two of whom had already succumbed to the gunshot wounds and had died.
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) January 1, 2016
Deputy Trina Schrader of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau released a statement that advised the general descriptions of the four victims. All four of the victims were of Caucasian descent with two of them being females and the other two males. The youngest victim of the shooting was a 27-years-old man, one of the females shot was a 48-years-old and the other two victims, one male and the other female are both 54-years-old.
According to witness reports all but one of the victims had been staying at the Rowland Heights residence and the 54-year-old male was the shooter in the incident. It is unclear of his motives but it seems that at some point during the night the man took a handgun and simply began shooting the others around him. The man’s own son, 33-years-old, was the one to finally wrestle the gun away from him but he was forced to shoot his father once – killing him in the process.
Police state that they were able to recover the murder weapon, a semi-automatic handgun, at the scene of the crime. The police also arrested the 33-year-old son of the original shooter for the murder of his father. My News LA reported that the man has been booked at Walnut Station and is being held on bail of $1 million.
— Jon Baird (@KNXBaird) January 1, 2016
The police investigation is ongoing but the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau is asking that anyone with information to contact them at (323) 890-5500 or if the desire to remain anonymous is present then tips can go through “Crime Stoppers” by dialling (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by visiting the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
The Inquisitr will continue to provide updates on this story as more information becomes available.
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