UPDATE: The Los Angeles County Coroner has identified the deceased as Harry Maldonado, 65, of El Monte; his daughter Evie Maldonado, 32, also of El Monte; and Diana Amaya, 38, whose city of residence is currently unknown.
(FOX 11 / AP) - Detectives today investigated a triple homicide being blamed on a man suspected of shooting his adult daughter and another woman in El Monte before turning his weapon on himself.
The three gunshot victims were discovered in the 9900 block of Marshall Street about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Deputy Mark Pope of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which was assisting El Monte police with the investigation. Their names were withheld pending family notification.
Officers responding to a call reporting a "gunshot victim'' discovered three bodies in a garage at the Marshall Street location, Deputy Don Walker said. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.
The preliminary investigation indicated a man shot the two women, then turned the gun on himself, Walker said. The man was in his 50s and the two women were in their 30s, according to broadcast reports that described the two women as friends.
"One of the female victims is the daughter of the male suspect,'' El Monte Police Department Lt. Eddie Fernandez told news media outlets, which also reported that detectives have interviewed at least one witness.
From Hal Eisner:
It was around 7:45am. Sheriffs Homicide Detectives walked out of the house at the corner of Marshall and Baldwin. We talked. They told me it was between 7 and 7:30 last night that "at least 3 shots" were fired inside the house. Dead, a man in his mid 50's and two women in their mid-30's. One was his daughter. The other her girlfriend. Detectives confirm the two were a same sex couple, but whether the argument that preceded the gunfire was about the relationship is unclear. Neighbors said there had been arguments about that in the past. Investigators aren't even sure who started the argument. But, it's pretty clear who ended it. The detectives told me the dad pulled a handgun and the trigger.
A daughter of one of the women saw what happened. Detectives say she is not a minor as some had thought. And, there are still many unanswered questions.