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5 children, mother fatally shot in Wilmington [UPDATED]

LAPD investigators stand outside the home where six people were found dead.

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Five children under age 10 and their mother were fatally shot inside a Wilmington home this morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police said the assailant appeared to be the children's father and that he apparently committed suicide after faxing a letter to KABC Channel 7. Channel 7 then contacted authorities, police said.

The LAPD was dispatched to the 1000 block of McFarland Avenue at 8:22 a.m. Officer Sam Park said the man apparently committed suicide.

"He called 911 and said his family was dead inside," Park said. "We responded. We have multiple victims inside of the house, and at this point we don't know how many."

Updated at 10:30 a.m.: Police said the children were an 8-year-old girl, twin 5-year-old girls and twin  2-year-old boys. Deputy Chief Kenneth Garner said police found notes inside the house in which the gunman referred to "work-related issues."

"This was a financial- and job-related issue that led to the slayings," Garner said. "In these tough economic times, there are other options. In my 32 years, I've never seen anything like this."

Updated at 11:25 a.m. Someone called the LAPD about 8:20 a.m. saying, "I just returned home, and my whole family has been shot," according to Garner. Police entered the house and smelled gunshot residue. The bodies were found around the house and had been shot with a revolver. Garner said the bodies of the three girls were found in an upstairs bedroom and the bodies of the boys and the mother were found in a back bedroom. Notes found at the house suggested the case was a murder-suicide, he said.

According to Channel 7, the faxed letter detailed workplace problems both the man and his wife were having at a Kaiser Permanente hospital in West Los Angeles. The letter said that an unnamed administrator told him one day that he shouldn't have come to work and said "you should have blown your brains out." The man said in the letter that he complained to his union to no avail. Then both he and wife were fired, Channel 7 reporter Gene Gleeson said in summarizing the letter.

Updated at 1:48 p.m.: Ervin Antonio Lupoe and his wife, Ana, were both former employees of Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center. "They were recently terminated," a spokesman for the hospital group confirmed.

"We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic deaths of Ana, Ervin and their five children," Kaiser said in a statement, extending the hospital group’s sympathies to their family and friends. "We are providing support to Kaiser Permanente employees."

Kaiser officials said they are cooperating with the ongoing LAPD investigation.

Corrected at 10:03 a.m.: An earlier version of this posting said four children were dead, but LAPD officials have confirmed that five children are dead in the home.

-- Andrew Blankstein, Richard Winton and Ruben Vives

Photo: LAPD investigators gather outside the home where a woman and five children were found dead. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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What is wrong with men??

This is tragic. Your previous post said that the husband left notes about work problems. We want details not censored journalism. Report the story "as is" and not how you want it to be portrayed.

On the same day as 8 healthy babies were born to one mother, a man with a gun took the lives of seven family members. Surely no economic crisis can justify the killings.
Without that gun the family could have been saved, but bullets leave no survivors.
Did he own the gun legally, for "self protection"?
What a waste.

I don't know about you but I see a bunch of suits standing around with their hands in their pockets.

This is so horribly sad. We must help one another in these trying times. I just saw this morning where it was reported a 93 year old man froze to death because his electricity was shut off. Pathetic.

Just another reminder of the Bush Legacy. Wow, I'm just amazed that idiot in Texas can even live with himself.

What a tragedy. This economic downturn is causing many people to lose hope and I don't think we have hit bottom. I'm sure that many other cases will be the day's news, when, and as expected, the situation gets worse. I think the government should do more to preclude these tragedies than in helping Wall Street to succeed when they are/were the pundits of these Shakesperian tragedies. This country has had it with the voodoo economics that George Bush, 41, referred to. I'm not a financial expert, but it's a no brainer. Good economical times come when consumers spend thier money, ergo, any economical recovery has to start from the bottom up. No more wasting our money to help the same crooks that brought us the second great depression.

Ok couple more Americans dead. Can we now do something about this mess now? This finical crisis is like a bad intersection with no light to control traffic. The people complain to avail. The government will not do anything until that intersection has 5.5 fatal accidents before something is done. How many lives will we need to loss before we do something about it? In these time of need what to we say to our fellow American "Go blow your brains out". I guess we will need a couple more stories like this before those who think like will realize that they are not helping the mater but contributing to it.

there's nothing wrong with men in general, but obviously there was something wrong with THIS man.
what a horror.

Dang, even the Chicago Trib has this story written up better. They are saying it was planned by the wife. Hope they find out who that supervisor was.

well, I guess it's going to be all Kaisers fault, now.......

to : Cindy

WOMEN, thats whats wrong with MEN ! ! !

Its not just men Cindy, its the entire community at this state of economic crises. Everyone is losing their jobs, therefor they are stressing at a stage where death seems to be the only way out of it all. But in all honesty, it is mainly men who are the ones killing off their family because their stress levels are at a stage where they can't get help by the government or their family and friends.
Also, it was also the mothers choice to have them killed than to deal with the amount of stress they are going through...

i work for KIASER PERMANENTE and i was just notified of my termanation. the union UHW-W SEIU are a scam and they are turning there backs on the employees who trusted them... the UHW-W and SEIU is a scam. someone from ur newspaper needs to look into the shady dealing of this union. they are not doing the job they said they would do when i was hired here almost 10 yrs ago.. contact me if u want to talk to me about anything to do with KAISER or this horrible union we call UHW-W .

How many more people have to get killed before American realizes that GUNS NEED TO BE BANNED they kill the innocent .

Cindy, there is nothing wrong with men, its people. Anybody can have an episode and flip. We dont know any of the details of this qrizzly incident. How about we silently pray for the souls of the departed and hope the best for our fellow citizens.

Try to get some prespective please.

Your updates are out of order.

This is a horrible thing! And COWARDLY! But people come on, IF YOU CAN'T SUPPORT THEM DO NOT HAVE THEM!! Plain and simple it's called BIRTH CONTROL! God rest their little souls!

Please do an indepth followup to this tragic story! This poor family...to feel such dispair....someone needs to get to the bottom of this tragedy!
If the supervisor did say this..they should lose their job.
The union was of no help...not surpised.
My heart goes out to these people and their family!
I hope the family gets some help in the quest for answers.
God Bless!

the economy did not have anything to do with this. the man was obviously disturbed. lot's of people lose their jobs and don't slaughter their loved ones. some other stress could have pushed him this far as well if it hadn't been this. a sane person's conclusion to loss of work is not immediately "if I kill my children things will not be so bad"

I just love it when people jump to conclusions. Maybe the man and his wife were fired for cause? Can't blame the economy for being poor workers. Had they not been fired and still have jobs, this might not have happened.

"The man said in the letter that he complained to his union to no avail. "

Let me guess: SEIU? I work for a SEIU hospital here in New York, and they have to be the worst union in the history of the workers rights movement. Its a running gag around here about who has it out for workers more: hospital management or SEIU leadership!

Why did this apparently mentally unstable man have access to a gun?
Please write your Congressional representative and the NRA and tell them we do not need any more guns! How many more innocents must die?

With a stunt like this, this man deserves to be fired, twice. I mean what kind of logic explains this type of behavior. He was probably one of the new guys who thought that he had it made because he was in a unionized job.

LAT you failed me,

this story was not written with any human insight, go online and there are multiple news sources with much more detail and personal touch.

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