The man police said shot four people, then himself, Saturday in Campbell left a note that said he intended to kill everyone in the home.
Police said Devin Spann, who will turn 24 on Tuesday, was arrested on charges that he allegedly left a note at the 7th Street home where he lived in Campbell that said he intended to kill everyone, including three children 8 years old or younger.
He faces seven first-degree felony counts of aggravated arson and four second-degree felonious assault charges in Campbell Municipal Court. Bond was set at $750,000.
The arson charges each carry an 11-year maximum prison sentence and the felonious assault charges carry an eight-year maximum sentence.
“Our detectives called it a small-scale mass homicide where he attempted to kill everyone in the house,” said Campbell Interim Police Chief Drew Rauzan.
Spann shot four people in the home, then shot himself in the chest. All five survived the shootings, police said.
Spann also locked the three girls, ages 8, 6 and 6, in a room with two people that were shot. Police said they believe Spann intended to leave them in the room and have the fire kill them.
“I went to their location, which was up in the bedroom, and found two victims. One on the bed and one on the floor,” said Campbell Patrolman Mitch Zupko. “I made sure at the time the kids were safe and told the adults help is on the way.”
Reports say Spann shot Roland Avis, 62, in the upper torso, Mary Lynette Spann, 43, in the upper torso, Gerald Robinson, 29, in the left forearm, and Carmen Figueroa, 24, in the upper torso.
Three were taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center for treatment, as was Spann, who police guarded in his hospital room. Police said Spann had surgery Monday and is slowly being taken off sedatives. Robinson was treated and released from Northside Hospital.
Officers found one person who was shot on Wilson Avenue, near 7th Street and another on the porch. The person on the porch gave information that responding officers relayed to other officers.
Reports say an officer saw a man matching that description walking on Warhurst Road. He pulled over, arrested the man and realized he had a gunshot wound to the chest. He then took Spann to St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Officers at the home heard the children screaming in a second-floor bedroom. The three children were standing over two people that were shot and crying.
Police then smelled smoke and found a mattress on fire in another room. Officers found fire extinguishers and carried water from a bathtub to help control the fire.
Detectives found the handgun they believed Spann fired, five shell casings from the five gunshots, a handwritten “homicidal” note that says Spann intended to kill everyone in the home and other evidence, including blood stains found inside and outside of the home and cell phones.
Rauzan has asked Campbell Mayor William Vansuch and City Council to give Zupko and fellow officer Ryan Bloomer commendations for their actions during the initial call and investigation.
“If it weren’t for the response of our officers to just multitask and apprehend people and help victims and put out fires, there could have been potentially seven victims,” said Rauzan.
Reports say Spann is on probation after he was pulled over in 2011 with a gun in his waistband and drugs in his car.
Campbell police pulled Spann over Jan. 2, 2011 for blowing a stop sign at Gladstone Street and Lettie Avenue. Officers asked Spann if he had anything illegal inside his car, and Spann eventually showed officers a small marijuana blunt from his ashtray.
Officers noted they saw a revolver in Spann’s waistband when he got out of the car. The gun was loaded with four bullets, reports say. They also found $300 in his wallet.
He was arrested on charges of possessing drugs and carrying a concealed weapon. He pleaded guilty to charges and was sentenced in May 2012 to three years probation.