OXNARD (CBSLA.com) — Police Thursday were continuing their investigation into the deaths of three people who were killed in an apparent murder-suicide.
Oxnard police were dispatched around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to a possible shots fired call at a town home in the 1200 block of Hull Place, Det. Luis McArthur said.
When officers arrived, they found two women suffering from gunshot wounds. One woman was found shot inside the residence and the other was on a walkway outside.
The victims later died at the scene, he said.
The women, who lived together, were in their 20s and 40s. According to friends and family, the victims were mother and her pregnant daughter.
Approximately 30 minutes later, officers responded to a shooting in the 200 block of South Marquita Street, where they found a man in his 50s who had suffered a fatal gunshot wound.
Police confirmed Thursday that the two shootings are related.
The victim’s brother told CBS2 that the man accused of killing the two women was his sister’s ex-boyfriend.
The victims names have not been released.
Neighbors said they saw a man take the younger woman’s two children from the home. The children were dropped off at a police station and are now reportedly in protective custody.
Anyone with information about the shootings should contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805)385-7650.
Wednesday’s deaths were the first major crimes for the city of Oxnard in 2013.