A man shot and killed his girlfriend and two 5-year-old twins before turning the gun on himself in a murder-suicide inside an SUV that was witnessed by three other children, Los Angeles authorities said Sunday.
The shootings occurred Saturday night in a residential area of East Los Angeles, according to Sheriff's Sgt. Michael Thomas.
Salvador Acevedo, 45, was driving with his girlfriend, Iris Oseguera, their young twins and three other children when the two adults began to fight, Thomas said.
Acevedo pulled out a handgun and shot Oseguera, 33, and the twins, striking each victim in the upper torso.
He then drove the three other children, described as adolescents, to a relative's home. After Acevedo drove away, the children, who were not injured, told an adult about the shootings and authorities were notified.
Sheriff's deputies located Acevedo's vehicle stopped on South Hicks Avenue near Olympic Boulevard. Acevedo appeared to have suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He and Oseguera were pronounced dead at the scene, Thomas said.
The boy and girl were rushed to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead.
A handgun was recovered at the scene.
Acevedo and Oseguera were the parents of the fraternal twins, but their relationship to the three children who witnessed the murders was not immediately known.