LEMON GROVE, Calif. — Sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspect Wednesday in a shooting that killed two girls and wounded a man in Lemon Grove.
The shooting in the 7400 block of Central Avenue was reported shortly after noon, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
A woman told OnScene TV that her former boyfriend, who is the father of at least one of her children, killed her two 15-year-old twin daughters and wounded her 23-year-old son. Investigators have not verified the woman’s account.
Lt. Thomas Seiver confirmed in a news release that deputies found the bodies of two females inside the home, but could not verify their ages or give any further information about them. He also confirmed that the suspect had a former relationship with a woman who lived at the home.
Medics took the wounded man to a hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, Seiver said.
The woman told OnScene TV that she had split up with her former boyfriend about a week and a half ago.
“He has not been talking to me,” she said. “I let him come by on Easter to see the little ones. Then today he said he finally figured it all out. He finally knows what he needs to do. He showed up at the house and shot my back window out.
“My 15-year-old daughter tried to close the door on him, and he kicked the door open and he shot her in the head and then he went after my other three older kids.”
After deputies received reports that someone was seen running away from the scene, they searched the area by helicopter. They found the suspect hiding behind a nearby home and took him into custody.
Investigators have not identified a motive for the shooting, Seiver said.
Deputies blocked off the area for an investigation. The closure was expected to last through the night.