The newspaper “Los Angeles Times”, citing Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, wrote that the crime had initially occurred during a supervised meeting between the father and the children at the church. The fifth fatality is said to be an adult supervisor, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office was quoted as saying. It was initially unclear what relationship she had to the church or family.
The children’s mother is alive and in contact with authorities, the Los Angeles Times further quoted Jones as saying. According to media reports, the parents lived separately.
According to the information, other people were in the church at the time of the crime. How many was initially unclear. There was initially no information about injuries. It was also initially unclear whether a service was being held at the time of the shooting. A church worker heard the shots and called the police, they said.
“Another senseless act of gun violence in America,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted. “In a church where there were children. Absolutely devastating,” he continued, expressing his condolences to the victims and their families.