Man Shoots 4, Including 2 Kids, at Taco Joint

Kills stepdaughter's husband, son, before killing himself
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 20, 2010 7:56 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A gunman attacked his stepdaughter's family as they ate lunch at a California restaurant yesterday, killing her husband and 6-year-old son, critically wounding the woman and another child, and then fatally shooting himself. Jimmy Schlager, 56, arrived at the Del Taco restaurant in San Bernardino on a bike at about 1pm, walked over to a table and fired several shots at his 29-year-old stepdaughter, her 33-year-old husband, and their sons, ages 5 and 6, the AP reports.

"There was a very brief exchange of words, then he opened fire on them at near point-blank range," police said. The names of the victims were not released. The woman's mother, who was married to Schlager, died several years ago, and investigators were trying to determine how well Schlager and his stepdaughter got along as police sought a motive for the shooting. Police said between five and seven employees and several other customers were in the fast food restaurant, but the gunman clearly walked in seeking the four victims and no one else was injured.

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