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Calif. police seek motive in slaying of 3

Gonzaga students Erik Fagan (left) and Daniel McIntosh  are fighting their probation for having a gun.
Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review via Associated Press
Gonzaga students Erik Fagan (left) and Daniel McIntosh are fighting their probation for having a gun.

STOCKTON, Calif. — Authorities in Northern California were seeking a motive Monday in a home-invasion shooting that left three adult family members dead and two wounded and sent a child fleeing to a house for safety.

The triple murder happened shortly before midnight Friday in Stockton. Sheriff’s deputies responded after receiving a 911 call from a man who reported that he, his girlfriend, and other family members had been shot. Deputies arrived and found three of the victims — a couple in their 50s and their son — dead at the scene, Deputy Les Garcia said.

Deputies found two other victims, who said two people entered the home, shot them, and fled.

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Meanwhile, in Spokane, Wash., two Gonzaga University students who used a pistol to drive an intruder from their apartment are appealing their academic probation for having guns in their university-owned accommodation.

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‘‘As a Jesuit institution dedicated to thoughtful evaluation of complex social issues,’’ Gonzaga will use the incident to reexamine its policy, president Thayne McCulloh said.

The school informed Erik Fagan, 21, and Daniel McIntosh, 23, they could be suspended or expelled for any more violations.

A homeless man came to their door Oct. 24 demanding money and trying to force his way inside.

Fagan offered the man a blanket and a can of food but refused to hand over any cash, he said.

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The man became combative but fled when McIntosh came downstairs holding a loaded 10 mm. Glock pistol.