Police: Man who opened fire on party also had explosives
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A gunman who barged into the Northern California home of his estranged wife and opened fire on a dinner party — killing one person and wounding two others before shooting himself — had improvised explosive devices in his car and in a bag he was carrying, Santa Rosa police said Monday.
Police said Walter Ross, 65, entered the home his estranged wife, who lived there with their adult son and grandchildren, armed with two loaded handguns and a bag containing five explosives.
He fired multiple rounds, shooting and killing Timothy Gillaspie, 43, who was at the residence with his wife and two sons, police said. Ross’ wife was not home at the time, and the Gillaspies have no connection to Ross.
Police say the Colorado man’s son, 41, and grandson, 4, were wounded as they tried to escape. The two have been released from the hospital.
Ross shot himself and was in critical condition with life-threatening injuries Monday.
Police say his car contained an explosive device connected to a gas can and appeared to be set to explode if the door was opened. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s department bomb squad destroyed the device.
Santa Rosa is located approximately 55 miles (90 kilometers) north of San Francisco.