Man kills 3 members of California family, himself

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 9, 2014 at 9:38 pm •  Published: May 9, 2014

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — A man who shot to death his girlfriend and two of her relatives before turning the gun on himself warned his own brother of the plan only minutes before the attack, police said Friday.

There was no time to prevent the tragedy after the 28-year-old man made the call late Thursday, and it appeared the gunman quickly mowed down the victims in bedrooms, police said.

"Basically, he went from room to room and killed everyone," Lt. Mike Keltner told the San Bernardino County Sun ( ).

Officers called to the single-story home found the bodies of the gunman, two women and a teenage boy. The suspect was found at the foot of the younger woman's bed and there were no signs of a struggle.

However, investigators believe at least two victims, including the younger woman, were awake when they were confronted and one victim was still in bed, Keltner told the Los Angeles Times ( ).

"This could've happened within 30 seconds easily," Keltner said of the attacks.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office had not released the names of the dead Friday evening.

However, the family's sole surviving member, April Mejia, said they included her sister, Mariana Padilla, 25; 17-year-old brother, Juan Padilla, and their mother, Manuela Padilla, 52.

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