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Man who killed family members in Del Taco shooting left behind rambling letter

June 24, 2010 |  1:09 pm

A 56-year-old man who went on a rampage in a San Bernardino Del Taco restaurant Saturday afternoon, killing his stepdaughter’s husband and one of her sons before killing himself, left behind a handwritten letter suggesting he had been prevented from seeing his grandchildren, San Bernardino police said.

The letter, apparently written by the gunman, Jimmy Schlager, made several lurid accusations against a family member that police quickly debunked.

Police investigators could not substantiate any of the allegations, said Sgt. Dave Dillon of the San Bernardino Police Department. Police are not using the letter in the investigation.

“It was a bunch of ramblings with different accusations,” Dillon. said “We cannot prove any of these things happened.”

Dillon said a motive for the killings was unclear. “There is no real answer at this point,” he said.

Schlager had a criminal record going back to the 1970s and was a convicted felon, Dillon said. Police are investigating how Schlager acquired the gun because convicted felons are not allowed to purchase or carry guns.

On Saturday afternoon, his stepdaughter, Roxanne Trujillo, 29, was eating at the restaurant with her husband, Alex, 33, and their two sons, Adrian and Ethan. Shortly after 1 p.m., Schlager walked in and opened fire, police said.

The woman’s husband died at the scene, and 6-year-old Adrian died a short time later. Schlager also died at the scene.

Relatives are trying to make sense of the killings, police said.

“This event has devastated the family’s lives,” said a family spokesperson. “They are still shocked, outraged and in denial that any of this is truly happening.”

-- My-Thuan Tran