A father repeatedly stabbed his three young sons to death with a knife in the back seat of their car before he stabbed himself outside a South Los Angeles elementary school Wednesday, said LAPD.
Police responded to the scene in South Los Angeles, near the University of Southern California, just after 7 a.m. local time Wednesday after receiving a 911 call reporting an assault with a deadly weapon, according to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.
The man, said to be in his 30’s, was sitting in the front seat of a silver SUV with a stab wound to his chest. The bodies of his three sons, who were between 8 and 12 years old, were in the back seat. They had been stabbed multiple times.
“I walked over towards the vehicle and I saw an individual slumped in the seat. As I started to get a little bit closer I saw blood all over him,” said witness John Sorrentino. “The one boy I saw face to face, he had blood all over him.”
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck stated:
“These are incidents that scar not only the community, but the first responders who have to handle them.”
Officials state that the father is a suspect in the children’s death. He remains hospitalized in critical condition late Wednesday. The suspect is in custody and will be arrested once he is in stable condition.
The father had no history of domestic violence charges or arrests.