A father was arrested Monday in Lancaster, California, after four children and a grandmother were discovered dead by shotgun wounds to the torso Sunday night.
Lancaster Sherriff’s Department received a “rescue responding call” at 10:27 p.m. Sunday at a home in the 3500 Block of Garnet Lane. Upon arrival, officers found three boys and a girl, all under 12, along with a woman in her 50’s. One of the children murdered was an infant, CBSLA reported.
All five were pronounced dead on-site by paramedics, according to The Antelope Valley Times.
#BREAKING: A woman and four children, all under the age of 12, were shot to death Sunday night at a home in Lancaster. The father of the children has been detained. https://t.co/moWx3HodHX
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) November 29, 2021
The man believed to be the father of the children was detained and charged Monday at Lancaster Sherriff’s Station. The father was identified as 29-year-old Germarcus David.
A released Sherriff’s report states that David is the father of the 4 children and the son-in-law of the grandmother. The report mentions he is being held on $2,000,000 bail, and is expected to appear in court Nov. 30. (RELATED: Body Of Black Man Found Hanging From Tree In California In Apparent Suicide)
Homicide detectives are still investigating the scene as of Monday morning, and a motive has not been determined.
“This is not something that you would think would happen right in your neighborhood. They’re a beautiful family,” said one woman who lives nearby, according to ABC 7. “This is sad. It’s insane.”
The decapitated bodies of a 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy were discovered after police responded to an alleged gas leak in Lancaster, California, on Dec. 9, 2020. Maurice Taylor Sr., a personal trainer, was holding online classes via Zoom lessons and was reported missing by some of Taylor’s clients. Taylor was held on $4.2 million bail.