Alameda shooting: Husband kills wife, child, in-laws in family tragedy, police say

A husband killed his wife, a 6-year-old son, and his in-laws before being arrested in Alameda, in a Wednesday night family tragedy that shocked the small island community, police said.

Alameda Police Chief Nishant Joshi told KTVU on Thursday that the husband also shot and injured his second son, a 1-year-old, who was taken to the hospital with critical injuries following a 9 p.m. mass shooting at their home on Kitty Hawk Road.

Police identified the husband as 54-year-old Shane Killian. He was arrested on four counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, and gun violations.

Jail records show he is being held on no bail. He was arrested on Wednesday at 9:02 p.m. and booked at Santa Rita Jail at 7 a.m. Thursday, according to online records. 

When police were called out to the home by a neighbor, Joshi said they found "multiple firearms and significant evidence" linking the husband to the crime.

Police arrived to find the grandfather outside, injured. 

"We believe he was injured inside the home or on the property and went to his neighbor’s house to call for help," said Joshi. 

Chris, the neighbor who called 911, said he had blood all over his driveway. Other neighbors came over to help him clean it up.

Alameda police said they were called at about 9 p.m. by a neighbor, who reported there had been a shooting on Kitty Hawk Road near Franciscan Way. July 10, 2024 

No motive has been revealed for the deaths.

Joshi called this a "horrific loss of life."

The Alameda County coroner's van was parked in front of the house early Thursday and seen taking away the bodies of two adults. 

The Alameda County Coroner arrived at an Alameda home. July 11, 2024 

Neighbors in the normally quiet neighborhood were outside their homes Thursday morning consoling each other. Multiple members of the community left flowers on the outside the home. Several held a vigil Thursday night. 

One neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, described the as friendly and outgoing. They had just moved into this home a couple of months ago. 

She said the grandfather introduced himself to her and a little boy who lived there was sweet. He went to Love Elementary School. 

"It is so tragic," the neighbor said. "I just can't imagine what would have gone through someone's mind to go in and shoot. I just can't."

Another neighbor who wished to remain anonymous said she had fond memories of the 6-year-old. 

"He was so cute. He goes around and says, ‘Hi! how are you?’"

Neighbors on Kitty Hawk Road in Alameda were shocked by the mass shooting of a family on July 10, 2024 

Alameda police walk to the site of a house where family members were killed on July 10, 2024. 

KTVU reporter Henry Lee contributed to this report.