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Washing machine row leads to New Year's Eve bloodbath

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Washing machine row leads to New Year's Eve bloodbath

A row over a washing machine on New Year's Eve led to a bloodbath with four people gunned down.

A dad who had been drinking heavily at his home in Rowland Heights in Los Angeles shot dead three people before his son wrestled the gun away and killed him.

The 54-year-old man began arguing with his son's girlfriend, officers claim, over a washing machine on New year's Eve when the man picked up a semi-automatic pistol and slaughtered his bed-ridden wife, 54, his son's girlfriend, 27 and another man, 48.

The killer's son, Christopher Morey, 33, then wrestled the gun from his father and shot him dead.

Lieutenant John Corina, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said they were still trying to corroborate the versions of events that occurred.

"It looks like it was a dispute between the dad and the son’s girlfriend, probably over using the washing machine,” he said. "For some reason, this set the dad off."

Police were called to the home in Rowland Heights around 8.30pm on Thursday night to reports of a person shot.

When they arrived, they found the four victims all suffering from gunshot wounds.

All were pronounced dead at the scene.

The weapon was recovered at the scene.

The son was arrested on suspicion of his father's murder and is being held on $1million bail, according to officials.