A 26-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed a 60-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman in the Amador County town of Pine Grove before shooting himself early Thursday.
A 4-year-old girl who was at the home called her grandmother to report the shooting, according to an Amador County Sheriff’s Office news release.
The Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a woman about 3:05 a.m. reporting that her son had killed himself at her home on Hilltop Street. Deputies arrived at the residence within two minutes and contacted the 60-year old woman, who was waiting outside with her 4-year-old granddaughter, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.
Inside, they found 26-year-old Jacob Jedidiah Thayer, 27-year-old-Marie Ann Leonetti and 60-year-old Richard Roger Thayer II. All three were dead with gunshot wounds, the news release said.
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Jacob Thayer’s mother had left the home earlier that evening to care for a family member. Just before 3 a.m., she received a call from her granddaughter on Richard Thayer’s cellphone saying that her father had shot himself, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The woman drove to the residence, where she found her granddaughter and the three people who had been shot.
Richard Thayer and Leonetti each appeared to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds, while Jacob Thayer had one apparent gunshot wound, indicating that his was likely self-inflicted, according to the news release. A partially loaded Glock .40 caliber pistol registered to Jacob Thayer was found next to him.
Sheriff’s officials said they continue to investigate the shooting.