Father, son among dead in Del Taco shooting spree

SAN BERNARDINO — Police were still searching for a motive to determine what drove a 56-year-old stepfather to shoot at a Del Taco on Saturday, killing two people and sending two others to the hospital in critical condition.

The alleged shooter, Jimmy Schlager, turned the gun on himself following the attack at the fast food restaurant.

The assailant killed Alex Trujillo, 33, and his 6-year-old son Adrian. The identities of the shooting victims were released Monday.

Adrian Trujillo’s mother, Roxanne Trujillo, 29, and her 5-year-old son, Ethan, were said to be recovering at an area hospital. Both were upgraded from critical condition after surgery. Roxanne Trujillo, who is the alleged shooter’s stepdaughter, was shot as many as 10 times, according to reports. Ethan Trujillo was struck twice by Schlager’s shots, according to police.

Witnesses told police that Schlager rode his bicycle to the restaurant where the family was eating, according to reports. He carried two semi-automatic handguns, briefly spoke to his relatives and then started firing just after 1 p.m.

“We have no idea why this happened,” said San Bernardino police Lt. Jarrod Burguan. “We’re still looking into that.”

There were several other people in the restaurant when the shooting occurred, either customers or Del Taco employees. No one else was injured, said Burguan.

“(Schlager) appears to have specifically targeted his family when he entered the business,” the lieutenant added.

One paramedic said she had never “seen so much blood before,” at a shooting crime scene.

Schlager has a criminal background that includes charges of theft, driving under the influence, and assault with a deadly weapon between the years of 1972 and 1999.

The restaurant reopened one day after the shooting.

Father, son among dead in Del Taco shooting spree was last modified: July 19th, 2012 by admin

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