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Del Taco shooting suspect identified

June 20, 2010 |  9:52 am
Investigators at the site of the Del Taco shooting

Authorities identified the man who allegedly opened fire at a Del Taco restaurant in San Bernardino as Jimmy Schlager. Schlager shot his stepdaughter, her husband and their two young children before fatally shooting himself in the head, police said.

The stepdaughter, 29, and her sons, ages 5 and 6, were taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where the older child died shortly after arrival. The woman and her younger son were both listed in critical condition Saturday night. Her husband, 33, died at the scene of the shooting.

San Bernardino police officials told the San Bernardino Sun that Schlager's last known residence was in Lancaster and that he had a criminal record that dated to 1974. His last arrest was in 1999, the Sun reported, but more details were not immediately available.

The incident began at 1:14 p.m. Saturday when Schlager walked into the restaurant with two handguns and approached family members as they sat at a table with their food. He uttered a few words and quickly opened fire, according to police spokesman Lt. Jarrod Burguan, who said investigators were aided in their reconstruction of events by witnesses and the stepdaughter, who was able to communicate despite multiple gunshot wounds.

At least five other patrons and about 10 employees were in the restaurant at the time of the shooting, but nobody else was hurt, Burguan said. He noted that the victims were all shot at close range and that several people outside the restaurant witnessed the mayhem.

Read Times staff writer Kurt Streeter's full story about the Del Taco shooting.

Photo: Investigators measure bullet holes in a window at the San Bernardino Del Taco where a gunman opened fire on family members. Credit: John W. Adkisson / Los Angeles Times