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5 dead in Sacramento church shooting after man kills his children, then takes own life

 5 dead in Sacramento church shooting after man kills his children, then takes own life

Tragedy struck on Monday night in Sacramento as a man opened fire at a local church, resulting in the deaths of five individuals, including his three daughters, before taking his own life, according to authorities.

Sgt. Rod Grassmann, a spokesperson for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office, revealed that a fifth person was among the casualties. The three daughters, aged 9, 10, and 13, all lost their lives at the scene of the shooting.

The incident occurred around 5:00 p.m. at The Church in Sacramento, located in the Arden-Arcade neighborhood. The main sanctuary of the church became the unfortunate backdrop for the tragic events. A church worker, who was upstairs at the time, alerted the police upon hearing gunshots.

Describing the incident as a "domestic violence incident," Grassmann disclosed that the assailant was estranged from the children's mother, who had a restraining order against him. Notably, individuals with active restraining orders are prohibited from owning firearms.

Sheriff Scott Jones indicated that the shooting likely transpired during a supervised visit with the children, with an adult serving as the chaperone and becoming the fourth victim. Grassmann emphasized the need for an extensive investigation, acknowledging the considerable amount of physical evidence that would need to be collected.

Other individuals were present in the church building at the time of the shooting, though it remains unclear whether a service or another event was taking place.

Expressing condolences, California Gov. Gavin Newsom released a statement on Monday night, condemning the senseless act of gun violence. "Another senseless act of gun violence in America - this time in our backyard. In a church with kids inside. Absolutely devastating. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and their communities," Newsom's tweet read.

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