Ex-Indian army officer kills wife, kids, self in Calif.
(Reuters) – A former Indian army officer wanted for murder in India apparently shot and killed his wife and two of his children at his California home before committing suicide, police said yesterday.
Avtar Singh, a former Indian army major who was wanted in the 1996 killing of a human rights activist, called police early Saturday and told them he had just killed four people and was about to kill himself, Lieutenant Gregg Andreotti of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.
A 17-year-old boy was the only survivor of the shootings at the Singh home in Selma, California. He was on life support at a nearby hospital, Andreotti said.
The two children killed were boys ages 3 and 15. All the victims were shot in the head, he said.
Andreotti said the police were treating it as a murder-suicide and there were no other suspects.