3 children flee LA-area home after apparent murder-suicide

January 2, 2022 GMT

TEMPLE CITY, Calif. (AP) — Three children fled a Los Angeles-area home where their mother and her boyfriend died in an apparent murder-suicide on New Year’s Day, authorities said.

Deputies responding to a domestic violence call at the residence in Temple City found three boys, ages 5 to 11, running toward them around 7 a.m. Sunday, said sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred.

The boys were not physically hurt, Alfred told the Southern California News Group.

Inside the home deputies found a 27-year-old woman shot multiple times, Alfred said. The man, 28, appeared to have a self-inflicted head wound, he said. Both died at the scene. Their names were not immediately released.

One of the children made the 911 call. Alfred said he does not know if the call came in before or after the woman was shot.

“It’s a very tragic situation,” he said.

The woman was the mother of the three children, Alfred said. The man, who had been her boyfriend for about a year, was not related to the boys.