A Montclair girl clung to life Monday as the only survivor of a family tragedy in which a woman apparently shot her husband, 3-year-old twin sons and herself to death, police reported.
Detectives said it appeared that Leslie Copeland, 33, arrived home late Friday night and shot her husband, Robert Lee Copeland, 36, in the temple as he slept. The bodies of the couple's sons, Jonathan and Jeffrey, were found in another bedroom.
Their daughter, Cassandra, 6, was wounded in the abdomen and apparently rolled off the father's bed onto the floor, police said. She lay there until a relative forced his way into the house Sunday afternoon--about 40 hours after the shootings.
The mother's body was found on the floor of the master bedroom, investigators said. Next to her was a handgun.
Police said Cassandra was in serious condition at Loma Linda University Medical Center, but a spokeswoman there declined to say anything about the child, citing a request by relatives for confidentiality.