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3 of suspected shooter's children witness apparent murder-suicide in East L.A.

May 8, 2011 |  1:14 pm

Three other children were inside the car that held a suspected gunman who began shooting in an East Los Angeles murder-suicide that left two 5-year-olds and two adults dead, but they were released unharmed, authorities said.

Salvador Acevedo, 45, was driving with his girlfriend, Iris Oseguera, 33, their twin 5-year-olds and three other children about 9 p.m. Saturday when the two adults began to fight, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Acevedo produced a handgun and shot Oseguera and the twins, striking each victim in the upper torso. He then drove the three other children, described as adolescents, to a relative’s home.

After Acevedo drove away, the children, who were not injured, told an adult about the shooting and authorities were notified.

Sheriff’s deputies located Acevedo’s vehicle in the 1100 block of South Hicks Avenue. Acevedo appeared to have suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He and Oseguera were pronounced dead at the scene. The twins, a boy and a girl, were transported to a local hospital, where they died. A handgun was recovered at the scene.

Authorities initially said the two adults were 32.

-- Corina Knoll

Photo: Gavin Lopez, 12, stands near a memorial in East Los Angeles for two adults and two children who died Saturday in an apparent murder-suicide. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times