June 20, 2010 in Nation/World

Restaurant shooting kills three

Andrew Dalton Associated Press
 

LOS ANGELES – A man walked into a Southern California fast food restaurant and shot his stepdaughter and her family of four as they ate lunch together, killing the woman’s husband and 6-year-old son before fatally shooting himself Saturday afternoon, police said.

Jimmy Schlager, 56, arrived at the Del Taco restaurant in San Bernardino on a bike at about 1 p.m., walked over to a table and opened fire at his 29-year-old stepdaughter, her 33-year-old husband, their 6-year-old son and their 5-year-old son, San Bernardino police Lt. Jarrod Burguan said.

The woman’s husband was declared dead at the restaurant and the 6-year-old was declared dead at a hospital, San Bernardino Fire Department spokesman Steve Tracey said.

The woman and the 5-year-old boy were hospitalized in critical condition, Tracey said. The names of the victims weren’t released.

Police said several other people were in the restaurant, but Schlager clearly walked in seeking the four victims.

“I saw some people yelling and all of a sudden I heard ‘boom, boom, boom, boom,’” Jorge Garcia, who works at a recycling trailer in the same parking lot as the restaurant, told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

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