Man kills his children, himself

Vives is a Times staff writer.

A 30-year-old Silver Lake man shot and killed his two young children, wounded his estranged wife, then killed himself Friday night, authorities said Saturday.

They said Jorge Cruz Iraheta and his estranged wife, Marta Iraheta, argued early Friday evening. The man had violated a restraining order by confronting his wife, police said.

Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart Division initially responded to a domestic dispute at a single-family home about 9 p.m. in the 4200 block of Normal Avenue, near Virgil Avenue, said LAPD Officer Julianne Sohn.

Sohn said that Iraheta had fled from the home by the time officers arrived and that police went to search for him.


About 10 p.m. officers were sent back to the house after another call for help to police. Sohn said Iraheta had shot his wife in the leg, but she managed to escape. Then, Sohn said, Iraheta shot and killed his 9-year-old son, Andres, and 7-year-old daughter, Ashley, before turning the gun on himself.

All three were pronounced dead at the scene, Sohn said. Marta Iraheta was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where she was in stable condition Saturday morning.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Rampart homicide detectives at (213) 484-3635.