By Austin Dave and Jim Holt
A man, his wife and their two children were found dead inside a Saugus home Friday morning, all identified by homicide detectives as gunshot victims of an apparent murder-suicide.
The home where the bodies were found is registered as a day care center, according to online and county records.
The incident unfolded at about 7 a.m. when deputies responded to a home on the 28800 block of Startree Lane in Saugus regarding a welfare check, Lt. Rodney Moore of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s homicide bureau said.
“Upon the deputies’ arrival, they located four individuals who had sustained gunshot wounds to the upper torsos,” Moore said during a televised news conference. “They were all pronounced dead here at the scene.”
A tragic morning for Saugus residents as they woke up to discover a neighbor had shot and killed his own family before turning the gun on himself. The identity of the family HAS NOT been officially released.Read more here: https://signalscv.com/2018/01/homicide-detectives-investigating-saugus-death-possibly-others/
Based on the preliminary investigation, Moore said, investigators had identified a husband and a wife as two of the victims – a man in his 50s, a woman in her 40s. The couple’s two children, a daughter in her early 20s and a son about 11 or 12 years old, were also found dead inside the home, the lieutenant confirmed.
“We do believe it was a murder-suicide based on the physical evidence at the scene,” Moore said. Detectives believed the husband shot and killed his three family members and then turned the gun on himself.
The handgun believed to have been used in the slayings was found at the scene. Investigators were not looking for any outstanding suspects as of 11 a.m.
The initial 911 phone call made Friday morning that spurred the welfare check investigation was made by a friend of the family, Moore confirmed.
UPDATE: Homicide detectives are holding a briefing on the shooting deaths of four people found at a home on the 28800 block of Startree Lane in Saugus. Reporter Austin Dave is on scene.Read more here: https://signalscv.com/2018/01/homicide-detectives-investigati