Report: Son says man suspected in attack had PTSD

Associated Press

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

The Fresno Bee reported on Tuesday (http://bit.ly/112DIuG ) that Anthony Alvarez Jr. said his father, 63-year-old Anthony "Tony" Alvarez Sr., was diagnosed with the disorder several years ago.

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

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

When asked about the 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.

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 in Orosi.

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