CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Several children were inside a home day care during a double-shooting in South Bay Monday, authorities said.
Chula Vista police received a call of a shooting at a house that doubles as a day care facility in the 2100 block of Corte Condesa in the San Miguel Ranch area around 3 p.m.
Police say 36-year-old Gustavo Sepulveda used to live at the home with his ex-girlfriend and went there to ask for his mattress. When the woman wouldn’t let him in, Sepulveda allegedly tried to set the house on fire and broke a sliding glass door in the back of the property.
Another day care worker inside the house moved the seven children, ranging in ages from 1 to 8 years old, to a bathroom, authorities said.
Sepulveda fired his gun toward his ex-girlfriend and she returned a shot back at him from her own gun, according to police. Neither shot hit anyone. Sepulveda also set numerous fires inside the house, causing smoke to build inside the home.
By the time police arrived, the woman was outside the house and the man was inside. Police took him into custody and freed the children from the bathroom, authorities said.
Sepulveda was taken to a hospital to be treated for cuts to his feet and legs from breaking the glass door. He is expected to be charged with attempted murder, child endangerment and more offenses.
Police said all the children were picked up by family and were not harmed physically during the incident.