Step-Grandfather Arrested in Shootings of Grandchildren

Neighbors speculate the male and female victims are siblings.

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    A 72-year-old grandfather is accused of shooting his two adult grandchildren after an apparent family feud, according to police. Vikki Vargas reports for NBC4 News at 12 p.m. from Rossmoor Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.

    A 72-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the shootings of his two step-grandchildren, authorities said Friday.

    Michael Molle, 72, was jailed in connection with the shooting that happened at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the home he shared with his step-grandchildren in the 2800 block of Tucker Lane in Rossmoor, said Lt. Jeff Hallock, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

    Authorities found the victims with gunshot wounds, recovered a gun they believe was used in the crime and arrested Molle at the home, Hallock said.

    A 22-year-old woman was in a hospital with life-threatening wounds, Hallock said. Her 23-year-old brother was recovering after being shot in the wrist, he said.

    Their identities were not released.

    The shootings possibly stemmed from a domestic dispute, Hallock said, without elaborating.

    Neighbors speculated Molle may have been angry with them for hosting a party at the home.

    He raised them since they were toddlers, but he had recently asked them to move out of the house, neighbors said. A moving van was seen in front of the home as recently as last week.

    Neighbors said Molle, highly intelligent, was recently caring for his wife, who uses a wheelchair.

    Rossmoor is an affluent planned community in Orange County.

    Samia Khan contributed to this report.

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