FOUNTAIN VALLEY (CBS) — Police tell CBS 2 that a man opened fire on his wife and child Friday afternoon before turning the gun on himself in a double-homicide/suicide shocking Fountain Valley.
Initial reports said there was one dead outside a home in Fountain Valley but after police investigated they also found a child inside the home murdered and a man apparently dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
They believe the man shot and killed the child, then his wife who was returning or fleeing from the home and then himself inside the residence. The shootings occured around 6 p.m.
The man’s name and the names of his wife and child, reportedly an 8-year-old girl, was being held until next of kin could be notified.
Neighbors told reporters that the couple was having marital troubles and said they were either divorcing or starting a divorce action.
The home is located on Dandelion Circle, described as adjacent to Miles Square Regional Park.
Police sources told CBS 2 Friday evening that the man apparently shot his daughter in front of two male relatives and the woman’s parents. The four were able to flee before the gunman shot himself, say police.