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Four people shot to death after an argument over a washing machine in California

January 2, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Four people shot to death after an argument over a washing machine in California

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A dispute over a washing machine led to the shooting deaths of four people in Rowland Heights, California on Friday.

According to authorities, a man gunned down his wife and two others on New Year’s Eve, before the suspect’s son, identified as Christopher Morey, 33, managed to take the weapon away from him and fatally shot the man.

Authorities said the terrible chain of events was reportedly set off by an argument over a washing machine.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the other two victims included the son’s 48-year-old girlfriend and a 27-year-old man.

Family members who were interviewed by police described the 54-year-old father as a heavy drinker who had a big collection of guns.

Detectives were trying to discern a motive as to what could have led the man to open fire with a semi-automatic weapon.

Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said that the shooting was likely caused by an argument over the washing machine.

“It was a probable dispute between the dad and the son’s girlfriend, probably over using the washing machine,” Corona told the San Gabriel Vallet Tribune.

Corona said Morey is being held on $1 million bonds on suspicion of murder.

Authorities said Morey and his girlfriend lived in the home with the 54-year-old mother, who had recently had a stroke.

“They had been taking care of her,” Corina said. “She was in a hospital bed there in the middle of the living room.”

Police have withheld releasing the names of the other victims. However, family members of the 27-year-old were outside the home Friday and told the Tribune his name was Ernesto Calzadilla and has an 8-month-old daughter.

The victim’s brother, Wilfred Calzadilla, said his brother had stopped going to the house because of worries about the father, making an exception on New Year’s Eve.

“Mixing alcohol and guns never has a good outcome good,” Wilfred Calzadilla said.

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