Murder-suicide in Mission Viejo Pacific Hills neighborhood
UPDATE May 30, 2014 at 11:00 p.m
On Tuesday the Pacific Hills neighborhood in Mission Viejo was rocked by what the Orange County Sheriff Department said to be a case of murder-suicide, where a family of four died at 25601 Pacific Hill Dr block.
According to OCSD press release, Mark Sheer, a 56-year-old male, was identified as the father of the suspect, Michael Harrison Davis Sheer, a 21-year-old male. Lydia Sheer,56-year-old, female, mother of the suspect, Amy Joanne Sheer, a 15-year-old, female, sister of the shooter, were found dead also inside the residence.
OCSD Public Information Officer, Lt. Jeff Hallock, said in a telephone conversation, that a preliminary investigation, ID the 21-year-old male as the shooter.
He said investigation is still open.
In a telephone conversation Lt. Hallock, gave the following statement to the Lariat:
“At early hours of Monday, a call was received from a neighbor that heard gunshots and yelling. A unit was dispatched to investigate the call, but they found nothing.
At 9:01 a.m., Tuesday, another call was received from a relative of the Sheer family that have access to the resident, said to be the one that found the family dead. Another unit was sent to retrieve the bodies and investigate.” Lt Hallock
There was no sign of force entry, he said.
Evidence from preliminary investigation suggested an apparent murder-suicide case. Hallock said.
He declined to answer to the question, if Mark Sheer, and Lydia Sheer were also ID for fingertips on the shotgun used for the murders, or if any of the victims or the shooter were under the influence of drugs, alcohol or prescription medications, to which he said, “his office is waiting for toxicology reports that won’t be for another 4 to 5 months.”
His office won’t be releasing any more information on the case. He also said that his office won’t be releasing the police reports to the case to the media.
‘The decedent died of a self inflicted gunshot wound, said the coroner website press release, but no description for the three other victims.
Michael Sheers, is a former student of Saddleback Community College, according to official transcripts provided by Saddleback Director of Marketing and Communications, Jennie MacCue. Michael enrolled in Saddleback for 3 consecutive semesters starting the fall of 2008, at the end of the fall of 2009, he has completed 24 unites, earning a GPA of 3.48.
A female that said to be niece of the victims, but wish to remained anonymous, said that Michael graduated from another college,
“he only took one or two classes at Saddleback College,” she said.
She referred the shooter as ‘Michael’, the female relative asserted that Michael did not use drugs, he was bodybuilder, “Michael was very fit boy, [signaling with her body], he was very good person.” she said.
When asked if she believes that Michale killed his parents and his sister, and then killed himself, the female relative said emphatically,
“The police has reasons to believe this was murder-suicide,” she said
She said not to be the relative that found the bodies was another member, she just came to pick up the mail. The family had decided not to get involved, she said
A condolence note and a bouquet of yellow flowers was left at the Sheer’s door steps residence. A blue suburban parked at the front of the residence with a back bumper sticker that reads ‘It’s an HONOR to teach my STUDENT at home.’
Another neighbor that wants to remained anonymous stated, that he saw KCAL news right outside his home around 10 a.m., the camera man told him they were there because they received a tip about the murder.
At 5;22 p.m., Lt. Hallock confirmed to the Lariat that the Press Release was being postponed, until Thursday morning.
According to CQPress.com, City Crime Ranking 2013, Mission Viejo is the 6th safest city in the Nation.