Toddler Found Sleeping Soundly At Scene Of Murder-Suicide

A two-year-old child was found sound asleep in a Palm Springs apartment over the weekend where a murder-suicide had occurred.

Palm Springs police arrived at the Mojave Blue apartments located at 2720 East Tahquitz Canyon Way around 5:15 p.m. on Sunday and found the bodies of three adults—two women and one man—who all had appeared to have been shot, reported KESQ. From a preliminary investigation, police believe that the man shot the two women, who are believed to be his relatives, before turning the gun on himself.

They found the baby, who was unharmed, sleeping inside the apartment. Authorities have not released the gender of the child, but have told The Desert Sun that the baby is expected to be released to other family members. Investigators also discovered guns at the scene.

Family members and an employer of one of the victims had called police after discovering the grisly scene at the home. They had been trying to contact the people in the home to no avail before they discovered the bodies inside. Police said they hadn't received any other reports from neighbors about a shooting, and they hadn't had any reports of prior trouble in the home before.

Police have not released the names of the deceased yet, but sources have told the Democrat & Chronicle that one of the victims is Sally Knauf, a 59-year-old special education teacher in Rochester, New York.

Jorge Figueroa, the manager at the complex, told The Desert Sun that a couple and their child had moved into the apartment building last summer. However, he said he had never met the other female victim.

Police are investigating the shooting, and said they are not looking for any other suspects.

Anyone with information is urged to to alert police investigators at (760) 778-8411 or Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-7867.

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone, remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt, and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.