Rapper J $tash allegedly shot dead his girlfriend at a Temple City home in California, on Saturday in front of her three kids then turned the gun on himself.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the authorities responded to reports of domestic violence around 7:14 a.m. on New Year’s Day and found the bodies of Jeanette Gallegos, 28, and J Stash, 28, whose legal name is Justin Joseph, inside the residence located on the 9200 block of Pentland Street.
“The female victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds, while the male victim sustained an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” reported the deputies.
Lieutenant Derrick Alfred of LA PD added that Jeanette’s three children, aged seven, nine, and 11, were in front of the room’s door and kept on knocking on it as they were worried about their mother’s safety. They then called their grandmother, who told them to dial 911.
“Right now, the evidence at the scene and the preliminary information we have from the children in the home is that it’s a murder-suicide,” Lt. Derrick Alfred told KTLA.
The Associated Press reports that one of the woman’s children called 911 however it’s unclear if the call was made before or after she was shot.
Lt. Alfred told the AP that the woman had been dating the Florida rapper for about a year, but he was not the father to any of the children.
Talking to Southern California News Group Lt. Alfred also said the boys were not physically hurt.
“They ran out to the deputies and were whisked to safety,” Alfred said. “They were not injured – physically, at least.”
An investigation into the incident is ongoing. No further details about the incident have been released.