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*Santa Clara Two Shootings Victims Attended Challenger School In Sunnyvale

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Two of the children killed in an apparent murder-suicide in Santa Clara Sunday night attended a private school in Sunnyvale, school officials confirmed today.Police were called around 8:30 p.m. Sunday to the 4400 block of Headen Way, where they found seven people who had been shot. Six, including three children, have died. The seventh, a woman, remains hospitalized in critical condition. Santa Clara police have not released the victims’ names, but a 4-year-old girl who was among those killed was enrolled in preschool at the Challenger School in Sunnyvale, Challenger CEO Barbara Baker said. Baker said another victim, a 10-year-old boy, was in the fifth grade. Regional executives from the Utah-based Challenger School network are at the organization’s Sunnyvale campus today, preparing to help students cope with the two students’ deaths, Baker said.The Sunnyvale campus serves 650 preschool through eighth-grade students.  “Challenger expresses our deepest compassion and empathy to the family of friends of these students in this most sorrowful event,” Baker said today from the school’s main offices in Utah.She expressed particular sorrow for the boy’s classmates, who she said are at an age in which strong friendships start developing at school.”We have confidence in our students’ ability and strength to deal with sad things that happen,” Baker said.As of noon today, evidence technicians were still working inside the house on Headen Way, searching for evidence and answers, police Capt. Mike Sellers said. The home is part of the Rivermark development, and the area remained cordoned off. Police believe a man who is among the deceased may have been the shooter, and fired at the others before shooting himself. Sellers said the suspected gunman appears to be in his mid-40s. The three children killed include the two Challenger students and a girl between 1 and 2 years old. A man in his 30s and a woman in her early 20s were also killed, Sellers said. The lone survivor, a woman in her 30s, remains in critical condition.Sellers said victims’ names could be released this afternoon. While police have indicated the shooting involved family members, they have not yet confirmed the relationship between the seven people.

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