Indian American IT professional in California kills four relatives within a week

Shankar Hangud
Shankar Hangud

Shankar Nagappa Hangud, a tech professional, killed four of his relatives within a span of one week. Two of his victims were minors.

This has to be one of the most spine-chilling stories coming from the Indian American community, in recent times. A 53-year old IT professional, Shankar Nagappa Hangud, showed up at a Northern California police station on October 14, to confess four murders that he committed. He told police that he drove in there in a car carrying a body while the other three bodies were at his apartment.

What makes the murders even more chilling was the fact that all the four victims were Hangud’s relatives. Even worse, out of four, two of the victims were minors.

The murderer had carefully planned the killings and all four were killed over a period of one week between October 7 and 13.

Hangud, who showed up at the police station in the city of Mount Shasta and confessed to the crime, told police that he committed the murders in his apartment in the city of Roseville in Placer County.

Roseville is located 20 miles to the northeast of Sacramento and 35 miles to the south of Yuba City, known as America’s “Little Punjab”.

When Roseville police officers arrived at his apartment in the 1800 block of Junction Boulevard, they were able to retrieve the bodies.

Hangud was taken into custody by the Mount Shasta Police on October 14. He has been charged with four counts of murder and will be prosecuted in Placer County. Currently he is in the Placer County Jail.

The police do not suspect involvement of other accomplices and are currently not disclosing the motive for the crime. They are also yet to release more details of the incident until other kin are notified.

Hangud worked with several IT companies in the Sacramento area and his last job was with Social Interest Solutions.

The incident has left the local Indian American community, as well as the city, shocked.

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