Orosi, CA — A man shot his two adult daughters before turning the gun on himself on Monday, authorities said. One daughter was killed while the other was critically injured.
Authorities added that the man’s three young grandchildren were inside the home at the time of the apparent murder-suicide. They received a call from an 8-year-old girl before dawn reporting gunfire in the home.
Deputies arrived to find Anthony Alvarez, 63, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a statement by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.
Jennifer Kimble, 37, died from multiple gunshot wounds. Her sister, Valerie Alvarez, 33, suffered at least one gunshot wound. She was flown to a hospital in Fresno and listed in critical conditions. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sergeant Chris Douglass added that Alvarez was stabilized and underwent surgery for her wounds.
Kimble was the mother of the three children in the home — two boys ages 13 and 11, along with the 8-year-old girl. The investigation is ongoing and autopsies on Anthony and Kimble were planned for later in the week. Douglass explained that investigators have no doubt the man shot his daughters before committing suicide.
No information has been released on a possible motive for the shooting, though Douglass stated, “It’s a very cut-and-dried case.” The three children were not harmed in the incident. They were reunited with their father, who was working when the shootings happened.
Douglass added of the 8-year-old girl, “Our heart goes out to her, she had to take… take a brave step to do that in regards to what was happening in her home at the time.” Both of the sisters, the three children, and their father were living in the home with Anthony Alvarez.
Detectives are speaking with the children to find out what caused the incident. Douglass explained, “It’s going to be complicated for our detectives because we can’t ask Jennifer what happened and we can’t ask Anthony what happened.”
The man who shot his daughters was a Vietnam veteran and received a Purple Heart for his service. The shooting came as a shock to the neighborhood, especially on Memorial Day.
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