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Horrifying Three children - aged nine, 10 and 13 shot dead by their father in church

David Fidel Mora-Rojas killed himself after shooting dead his three kids and a fourth person during a supervised visit with his children

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Members of the public console each other after the shooting in Sacramento, California. Photo: Reuters/Fred Greaves

Members of the public console each other after the shooting in Sacramento, California. Photo: Reuters/Fred Greaves

Members of the public console each other after the shooting in Sacramento, California. Photo: Reuters/Fred Greaves

A man is believed to have shot his three children – girls aged nine, 10 and 13 – and a fourth person before killing himself at a church in California.

Other congregants or church employees were on the scene in the  Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento.

Police identified the shooter as David Fidel Mora-Rojas who was on a supervised visit with his children at the time.

Officials have not disclosed the identity of the fifth victim, believed to have been supervising the visit.

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Photo: Rich Pedroncelli/AP

Photo: Rich Pedroncelli/AP

Photo: Rich Pedroncelli/AP

The mother of the girls had a restraining order against the father according to a Sacramento County sheriff’s office spokesman, who added people with restraining orders against them are not legally allowed to have a firearm.

“This was the site of a supervised visit [where] the suspect in this case ended up killing himself. He had a restraining order out against him from his estranged wife, the mother of the three children,” he said.

Earlier, the police said a chaplain had been sent to notify the mother of the killing.

Police said they are considering a “domestic violence” incident. A SWAT team was also called in on Monday.

They were called when a church employee heard shooting in the main sanctuary of the building.

 “They heard a shot, and then more shots,” the sheriff’s spokesperson said.

 Authorities were on the scene, near Arden Fair mall, through the night.

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 Police have not identified what type of weapon was used in the shooting.

 There was no apparent threat to the public and the violence was “contained” inside the church.

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