Man Shoots Daughters: Anthony Alvarez Murders Jennifer Kimble Before Killing Self Near Fresno

By Philip Ross on May 28, 2013 10:33 AM EDT

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Valeria Alvarez, left, and Jennifer Kimble were shot by their father, 63-year-old Anthony Alvarez, in a home near Fresno, Calif. Kimble died of multiple gunshot wounds, and Valerie Alvarez was taken to a hospital to undergo surgery. (Photo: YouTube/Screenshot)

A man shot his adult daughters, killing one and critically injuring another, before turning the gun on himself. His three grandkids witnessed the horrific event; one of them even dialed 911.

Fresno Bee reports that 63-year-old Anthony Alvarez shot and killed his 37-year-old daughter, Jennifer Kimble, the mother of the three children in the house at the time of the murder-suicide. Anthony Alvarez's other daughter, 33-year-old Valerie Alvarez, is in the hospital and is critically wounded.

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The event occurred in Orosi, Calif., a neighborhood in California's Central Valley about 30 miles southeast of Fresno. The three children, who were not injured during the shootings, included two boys ages 11 and 13, and one girl, 8. According to Newser, the 8-year-old granddaughter of Anthony Alvarez called 911 just after 4:30 in the morning on Monday to report the shooting.

When authorities arrived, they found Anthony Alvarez dead. CBS 47 reports that Anthony Alvarez was a Vietnam veteran who received a purple heart for his service. The tragic event, which took place on the early morning of Memorial Day, is still under investigation, and Anthony Alvarez's motive for shooting his two daughters is still unknown.

People who knew the family were shocked to hear about the shootings.

"They were good people, they were good children," Melissa Gutierrez, a family friend, told CBS 47. "They got brought up real good [sic]."

Sgt. Chris Douglass told the local news outlet that Valerie Alvarez was taken to a Fresno hospital and was stabilized, and in surgery. The three grandchildren were taken to their father, who was at work at the time of the shooting.

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