Son says man suspected in Fresno attack had PTSD

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The California man suspected of shooting two of his adult daughters was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Vietnam as a Marine.

Anthony “Tony” Alvarez Sr., 63, was diagnosed several years ago at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto with the disorder, his son Anthony Alvarez Jr. told the Fresno Bee.

The son told the newspaper that his mother’s death last year and the PTSD might have been too much for his father to bear.

The elder Alvarez’s wife, Christine Mary Alvarez, died in January 2012, according to an obituary in the Visalia Times-Delta.

“The war had a lot to do with” his father’s state of mind, Alvarez Jr. said. “He just stressed out after my mother died… he’s never been the same.”

Anthony Alvarez Jr. did not return telephone messages left by The Associated Press.

When asked about PTSD, Tulare County sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Chris Douglass said she could not speculate on the motive of the shooting, because the shooter is dead.

The shooting occurred in Orosi, a Central Valley town of about 9,000 about 20 miles southeast of Fresno.

Authorities say the elder Alvarez shot and killed 37-year-old Jennifer Kimble and wounded 33-year-old Valerie Alvarez before apparently taking his life on Monday at their home.

Valerie Alvarez has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, Alvarez Jr. said. She was employed at a middle school in Orosi.

As of Wednesday, Valerie Alvarez remained in the Fresno hospital in critical condition, Community Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Mary Lisa Russell said.

Kimble’s three children, an 8-year-old girl and two boys ages 11 and 13, were present in the home at the time of the shootings — though Douglass declined to say whether they witnessed it. It was the 8-year-old who called 911, though authorities have not released the recording of that call.

The children were reunited with their father, who was at work during the shootings, authorities said.

Deputies located a .45-caliber revolver next to the shooter, Douglass said, and additional firearms in a locked safe in the home.

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