Daughter shot in Calif. is in critical condition

AP News
Posted: May 28, 2013 8:12 PM

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — One of two adult daughters who authorities say was shot by their father on Memorial Day was in critical condition in California, hospital officials said on Tuesday.

Valerie Alvarez, 33, remained in the Fresno hospital after the shooting on Monday, Community Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Mary Lisa Russell said.

Authorities have said her sister, Jennifer Kimble, 37, was shot and killed by their father who then apparently committed suicide while Kimble's three young children were in the home.

The shooting occurred in Orosi, a Central Valley town of about 9,000 about 20 miles southeast of Fresno.

Investigators said Kimble's 8-year-old daughter called 911 at 4:39 a.m. to report the shooting. Kimble's two sons, ages 13 and 11, were also in the home.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Chris Douglass declined to say whether the children witnessed the shooting. The children were reunited with their father, who was at work during the shootings, authorities said.

Deputies located a .45-caliber revolver next to the suspect, Douglass said, and additional firearms in a locked safe in the home.

Investigators won't speculate on a motive, Douglass said, because 63-year-old Anthony Alvarez, the suspected shooter, is dead.

Anthony Alvarez received a Purple Heart after serving in Vietnam as a Marine, KGPE-TV Fresno reported (http://bit.ly/13gSFMG ). His wife Christine Mary Alvarez died in January 2012, according to an obituary in the Visalia Times-Delta.

Kimble worked in the cafeteria of an elementary school one street over from the house.

Autopsies are scheduled for Thursday.