Six Indians die in US shooting after ‘family quarrel’ (Second Lead)

March 31st, 2009 - 6:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington/Chennai, March 31 (IANS) An Indian IT professional in the US fired at his family after a quarrel with his brother-in-law, killing five people including three children. He then shot himself dead with a gun, a relative in a Tamil Nadu village said Tuesday.
The shooting took place Monday night (IST) in Santa Clara, a town in the Silicon Valley.

A grief-stricken Appu Master, 80, told IANS from Ayyankollai village in Nilgiri district that the killer was his son-in-law Devarajan and only one of the six people he shot survived.

The dead included Appu Master’s son Ashokan, daughter-in-law Suchitra, their child Neha, and his own daughter’s children Akhil and Ahaana. The mass murder took place during dinner.

The only person who survived the shooting was Appu Master’s daughter Aabha.

“The family had moved to the US some 15 years ago. They were very close to each other. Only Aabha has survived,” Master said.

Devarajan and Ashokan were two Malayalam-speaking IT professionals.

According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, an Indian passport was found inside the house but the identity of the victims had not been revealed by the US police.

The suspected shooter, a man in his 40s (identified by Appu Master as Devarajan) was found dead in the house, Santa Clara Police Captain Mike Sellers had been quoted as saying.

A report in The San Francisco Chronicle described the shootings as “one of the deadliest such incidents of Santa Clara in recent history”.

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