Father Allegedly Shot, Killed Wife Then Himself in Front of 2 Children in Mission Viejo on Halloween

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The 26000 block of La Alameda in Mission Viejo is pictured. A man allegedly shot and killed the mother of his children nearby on Oct. 31, 2014. (Credit: Google Maps)

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A father was suspected of shooting and killing the mother of his children in front of their 13 and 7-year-olds before turning the gun on himself Halloween night in Mission Viejo, officials said Saturday.

Scott Gimbel, 50, and Linda Sachs Gimbel, 44, were found dead in a parking area of an apartment complex at 26971 La Alameda (map) around 8:36 p.m. Friday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.

Investigators believe Scott Gimbel shot Linda during a child-custody exchange before killing himself.

The two children were present during the shootings, the news release stated.

Both bodies were found near Linda Sachs Gimbel’s vehicle and the handgun suspected of being used was also located.

Anyone with additional information was asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 714-647-7000. Anonymous tips could be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227 or at occrimestoppers.org.



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