SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento police have confirmed a deadly murder-suicide outside the smud headquarters Tuesday night was motivated by a love triangle.
The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 62-year-old Jerome Votaw and the suspect as 73-year-old Robert Gully.
Police say Votaw was having an affair with Gully’s estranged wife.
Linda Sherwood says her next-door neighbor’s wife packed up her car and left for good.
“Maybe four, five months ago his wife left him and I had heard that she was with someone,” she said.
Linda flipped on the news Tuesday night and thought, “I just wondered in my own mind, could it be?”
Her neighbor was usually home at night but not Tuesday night.
“His vehicle still isn’t there, which is strange,” she said.
And it never came back.
Police say the men were part of a model airplane club meeting in a rented conference room at the business and not employees of SMUD.
The shooting happened around 7:20 p.m., at SMUD’s campus at 6210 S Street.
Gully apparently got into an argument with his estranged wife, Glenda Gully and Votaw in the parking lot of the building. At some point, Gully pulled out a gun and shot Votaw, according to police.
“They were friends, longtime friends. It’s a tragedy,” said Steve Brown, who knew both men from flying model planes with them. “Some people just aren’t as stable as the rest of us.”
Gully then chased and shot at his wife n as she ran into the lobby of the SMUD building, according to police. She was not hit. Gully then returned to the parking lot where he fatally shot himself.
Sherwood says the Gully was mired in depression ever since his wife left.
“For a long time he didn’t go out,” she said. “He’d be home, his sons would come over, people would bring him groceries. He’d just begun going out recently.”
Detectives are looking for what may have sent the shooter over the edge.