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Father kills son and fails at suicide attempt

February 10, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A Hesperia man is accused of fatally shooting his 4-year-old son, and turning his gun on himself near Silverwood Lake Monday night. San Bernardino County coroner's officials say 34-year-old Jesus Fuentes first drove his car into a guardrail on Highway 138, north of the entrance to Lake Silverwood. He then apparently shot his four-year-old son, and himself.

Motorists alerted deputies for what they thought was a single car accident.

Emergency crews found both victims inside the vehicle. They were airlifted to the hospital where the four-year-old died. Fuentes is in critical condition.

San Bernardino County sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the incident.