A grieving husband shot his late wife’s sister and brother-in-law dead as they arrived to visit her grave the day before the anniversary of her death – before turning the gun on himself.
Karapet Karajan, 71, went to Bellevue Memorial Park in Ontario on Saturday and was waiting to ambush family members who were going there to visit a grave, police said.
Ontario police Sgt. Jeff Higbee said he approached three relatives as they got out of their car.
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Authorities are investigating a murder-suicide at a Southern California cemetery that has left three people dead. The victims were named as Misak and his wife Hripsime Minasyan (pictured)
Authorities are investigating a murder-suicide at Bellevue Memorial Park (pictured) in Ontario, California
He then shot a man and a woman, Misak Minasyan, 60, and his wife Hripsime Minasyan, 59, both from North Hollywood, before turning the gun on himself.
An elderly woman who was with the victims was not harmed.
According to NBC Los Angeles, Kalajan’s wife was buried at the Bellevue Cemetery after her death on January 3, 2011. The victims were Karajan’s late wife’s sister and brother-in-law.
Police said Karajan had been struggling to cope with the death of his wife and had become estranged from the family, according to the station.
Witnesses at the cemetery described chaotic scenes as the gunman came out from where he was hiding and suddenly opened fire.
The gunman, Karapet Karajan, 71, was struggling to cope with the death of his wife, who was Hripsime Minasyan’s (pictured with her husband) sister
Clarence Martinez, who lives near the cemetery, told the Ontario Daily Bulletin that he heard 20 shots before police arrived at the scene shortly after 3pm.
‘You couldn’t tell where the shots were coming from,’ said another witness, who did not want to be named.
She told KTLA: ‘Everybody was running in different directions. By the time you know it, we got in the the car and we left.’
An investigation into the murder-suicide is ongoing.
Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Josh Burks at 909-395-2912.
Authorities said a man with a handgun shot dead two of his relatives before turning the gun on himself