Police: Brothers Shot With Father's Handgun

Two boys were found dead behind the family home Tuesday at a Chino Hills ranch, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies. Authorities said they were shot with their father's handgun in what could be a double suicide or a murder-suicide.

A family member found the two boys in a ravine behind the family home at 6281 Mystic Canyon Dr. They were identified as Bryan Gonzalez, age 12, and Christian Gonzalez, age 10.

Spokeswoman Cindy Beavers said Sheriff's dispatchers received a call at about noon. Initial reports indicated shots were fired in the area police found the bodies.

Autopsies were planned Wednesday and gunshot wound information was being withheld by detectives and the coroner's office, sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller said.

Neighbors heard gunshots and deputies were called to the home.

Detectives haven't disclosed if the gun had been locked up.

"It was the father's gun and that is something investigators will look into," Miller said, adding the father and mother have been cooperative.

Flowers, candles and a poster that had a photo of Bryan during his class trip this year to Disneyland were left near the home.

"It's just tragic. We're all just trying to make sense of it right now,'' said Robert Gavela, who stood at the end of the boys' street with his 13-year-old daughter Madison. 

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