A man turned himself in to authorities after he allegedly shot the mother of his children dead and wounded another man in South Whittier on Saturday, officials said.
Investigative groundwork indicates the former couple was meeting at a residence on the 13900 block of Coteau Drive to transfer custody of their two children, who are between the ages of 7 and 9, when the father opened fire for unknown reasons, according to a statement from Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials.
Deputies were called to the location regarding a shooting around 11:15 a.m. and found the victims, who have not been identified, both suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the upper torso, authorities said.
The children were not injured, though it was unclear whether they had witnessed the shooting, deputies said.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, while the man was taken to a hospital. His condition was unknown, officials said.
Not long after the shooting, a man gave himself up at a local police department, according to sheriff’s officials. He was detained pending interviews with detectives.
Officials have not identified the man, describing him only as Latino.
No further details were immediately available, and sheriff’s detectives were continuing to investigate the incident.