6 fatally shot in Santa Clara; 1 critical

March 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
New details have emerged about a massacre in Santa Clara. Police know who is responsible for the killings, but they still want to know why. SIGN-UP: Get breaking news sent to you

Police and neighbors say the family of four had just moved in to the Rivermark subdivision in Santa Clara on Friday. Sunday night a woman was bleeding in the street and screaming for her new neighbors to help her.

Jackie Severin's husband covered the woman with a sheet and tried to get her to talk.

"When he came out he actually saw the lady that was basically in front of our house, come out of the house. She fell down and he said there was blood all over her," said Severin. "When they were trying to move her arm or move her a little bit, she was trying to say something, but nothing was coming out."

Police say she had been shot several times. Inside, they found six other people -- all of them died. Police say it's been tough to figure out who to notify since three of the victims were visiting from India.

"We've been working with the Indian Consulate's office in San Francisco and they're helping our investigators contact next of kin," said Lt. Phil Cooke, from the Santa Clara Police Department.

What they have pieced together so far is a 42-year-old man committed the murders and then killed himself. Among the dead are his 11-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter. He shot his wife and she is in critical condition.

He also killed a 35-year-old man, a 25-year-old woman and their 11-month-old baby girl. They were all visiting from India. They are relatives of the woman who is in the hospital.

"It appears that there is family out there and we're doing our best to contact them and get her the support she needs," said Lt. Cooke.

Investigators don't think financial problems triggered the violence since the gunman had a job in Silicon Valley. They're looking at everything else from medical histories to relationships, anything that could possibly explain these murders.

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