California man arrives to police station with dead body in car, leads police to 3 others

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UPDATE: Oct. 16, 10:40 a.m.

California police have identified a man who admitted to killing four people after driving to the Mount Shasta Police Department with a body in his car and turning himself in.

Police said Shankar Hangud, 53, drove more than 200 miles to turn himself in. He is accused of killing two adults and two children.

Investigators are working to piece together a timeline of the killings.

“It appears the victims were killed by the suspect over a few days’ time span,” Roseville Police Captain Josh Simon said.

Within the last week, Hangud left his home in Roseville with one of the victims, a man of East Indian descent, in his car, police said.

“They drove from Roseville, traveled to unknown places in Northern California and ended up in Mount Shasta,” Simon said.

Police are keeping tight-lipped about the investigation. They’re not saying whether the other adult victim was a man or woman. They’re also not releasing the ages of the children who were killed.

One of the children who was killed is believed to have been a student at Silverado Middle School. In a letter sent to parents, the Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District superintendent said the loss is devastating.

Police have not released a motive for the crimes.

Hungud is being held at the Placer County Jail. He’s scheduled to be in court on Wednesday.


CALIFORNIA (NBC News) — A man who confessed to having a dead body in his car when he arrived to a Northern California police station Monday then led officers to his apartment, where three more bodies were discovered, authorities said.

The suspect, who police have not identified, arrived at the police station in the city of Mt. Shasta shortly after noon and told officers that he had killed people at his apartment in Roseville, more than 200 miles away, the police department said in a statement.

The man, who remained in custody Monday night, told police that one of the bodies was in his car, the statement said. After confirming this, authorities in Roseville checked the man’s apartment and found three more bodies, according to police.

The victims have not been identified, though police said they appear to be “known” to the suspect, who has not been charged.

Police said they were obtaining warrants for the man’s car and apartment.

The statement added that the man was the sole suspect in the killings and there appeared to be no ongoing threat.

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