SAN DIEGO (Meredith/CNN/AP) — An apparent murder-suicide in San Diego on Saturday left a man, woman and three boys dead and another boy on life support.
Officers said the 31-year-old father is suspected of shooting his 29-year-old wife and their four sons before turning the gun on himself. The boys were ages 3, 5, 9 and 11. Everyone died except the 9-year-old boy, who is on life support, according to family members.
The husband, wife, and 3-year-old son were found dead in the home when officers arrived. The 5-year-old son and the 11-year-old son died at the hospital.
The first call came into police at 6:49 a.m. Saturday, when a dispatcher heard arguing and someone being asked to leave, Lt. Matt Dobbs with San Diego's homicide unit said. As police headed to the scene, a relative next door called police and reported hearing arguing and what sounded like a nail gun.
Once police arrived, they knocked on the door and got no response. They looked through a window and saw a child on the ground covered in blood. They broke through the window and found "several people down" suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, Dobbs said. A handgun was found in the home.
Investigators say the parents were estranged and the mother had obtained a restraining order against the father.
The Union-Tribune reports police had gone to the house two weeks before the shooting to "keep the peace" when the husband came over to retrieve tools.
Family members set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for medical expenses. The posting says the boy remains in intensive care.
Police have not released the names of the suspect or any of the victims, although the GoFundMe page identifies the surviving 9-year-old boy as "Ezequiel."
For those going through domestic violence, police chief David Nisleit recommended using the resources law enforcement provides for victims.
"We know throughout this county, throughout this city, that there's domestic violence victims every single day," Nisleit said. "To those that might be experiencing family violence, domestic violence there's resources. You can call our non-emergency line, the Family Justice Center or if there's an emergency going on, we ask that you call 911. But, don't be afraid to call, that's the first step. We want to prevent types of family violence that we unfortunately saw today."