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California: Father arrested after 4 children and grandmother were shot dead

Germarcus David personally went to the Los Angeles County sheriff within minutes of his wife’s arrival (Image: AP)

A security guard has been arrested after allegedly shooting dead four young children and their grandmother in Southern California.

Germarcus David, 29, is said to have personally approached the Los Angeles County sheriff within minutes of his wife’s arrival home and finding their bodies.

Grace Beltran, who lives three houses away, described seeing a woman running back and forth in their front yard, screaming: ‘My children are gone! All are dead! ‘

Authorities have not released a possible motive for the attack in Lancaster, a city in a high desert community in the Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles, last weekend.

Each victim was shot in the upper body and died at the scene.

They have yet to be named by authorities, but Waki ​​Jones, who worked with the family through Lancaster day care, told the Los Angeles Times that their two oldest children, Amaya, 12, and Demarcus, 9 years old.

He told the Times: ‘Amaya is a sweet girl, and every morning her mother would say to her, “Good morning coach”.

‘She was always protective of her brother, making sure he was safe at school. To do this to children is cowardly. Unbelievable. ‘

Neighbors react near a home where five bodies were found in Lancaster (Image: AP)
Law enforcement agencies talk to neighbors (Image: AP)
A car is parked outside the house (Image: AP)

The other victims were an infant, a child under the age of 12, and his grandmother, who was in her 50s and was babysitting at home, authorities said.

Sheriff Lt Brandon Dean said he was not aware of any previous reports of domestic violence at home.

According to records from the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, which regulates the private security industry, David is a licensed security guard and has a gun license.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff represented the house (Image: AP)

However, records show it expired in August 2020 and was listed as canceled.

The murders happened in a neighborhood of neat, modern houses, some decorated for Christmas.

James Martin, 32, who lives nearby, said the death broke his heart.

He added: ‘I don’t get it. I know things get tough but it’s never worth it taking anyone’s life. ‘

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