A man shot and killed two boys then himself in an apparent murder-suicide in Lomita Sunday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
Deputies responded to the 25800 block of Hillworth Avenue after getting a call around 11 a.m.
They arrived to find two boys with gunshot wounds and a man in his mid-40s with what appeared to a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the department said in a news release.
All three were pronounced dead at the scene.
“Homicide investigators, although early in the investigation, are looking at this case as a possible murder-suicide,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
The Sheriff’s Department did not provide information on the man’s relationship to the two boys or how old they were, describing them only as “male juveniles.”
The shooting remains under investigation and no further details were immediately available.
Anyone with information was asked to call the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Those who prefer to provide information anonymously can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
Editor’s note: If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, please remember help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also call a loved one, member of the clergy or 911.
The California Peer-Run Warm Line also offers free support for non-emergency mental health issues, and can be reached at 1-855-845-7415 on Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.