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Two dead, gunman kills himself in shooting outside SW Fresno church

St Alphonsus Church (Photo: Terry Woods, KMPH)

Fresno Police say 64-year-old Manuel Garcia waited outside a Fresno church Sunday morning, for the moment his wife and her boyfriend got into her vehicle after mass.

Once they were inside, he shot the two of them.

"This is an unfortunate ending..." said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.

The shooting happened around 8:30 a.m. outside St. Alphonsus Church.

Priest Dominic Rajappa was greeting churchgoers when everyone became startled.

"We heard two shootings behind the church," said Rajappa. "By the time people went to the back, he ran off."

Officers say Garcia shot his wife, 61-year-old Martha Garcia and her boyfriend in the head.

Garcia died at the scene. The boyfriend, 51-year-old Raul Herrera, later died at a hospital.

Dyer says Garcia had just filed for divorce last month, but the two still lived in the same home-- in separate rooms.

"She told family members she had a boyfriend," Dyer said.

Officers arrived at the church, but were later called to a home a few miles away, on the 300 block of West California.

Dyer says a phone call from the Garcias' daughter made it clear who they were looking for.

"She had received texts from her father. He told her he had shot and killed mother in church parking lot and he was heading back to the house," Dyer said.

Dyer says Manuel Garcia sent other texts telling his daughter where to find his belongings.

Minutes after police arrived, hoping to take him into custody, Garcia shot himself in the head.

Police believe he used the same gun he fired in the church parking lot.

The Garcias had been married for 43 years.

The couple leaves behind four grown children.

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