Sacto 9-1-1
February 22, 2012
Sacramento police confirm love triangle behind murder-suicide

By Kim Minugh and Bill Lindelof

Sacramento police confirmed today they believe a love affair was behind a murder-suicide outside the Sacramento Municipal Utility District building Tuesday night.

Police Sgt. Andrew Pettit said detectives suspect the shooter, identified today as 73-year-old Robert Gully, fatally shot 62-year-old Jerome Votaw because Votaw was having an affair with Gully's estranged wife.

Gully then chased the 49-year-old woman, who witnessed the shooting, back inside the SMUD building lobby, firing shots at her as they ran, Pettit said.

The woman was not injured in the gunfire. Once Gully had chased the woman into the lobby, an acquaintance of the three involved people - and fellow member of the Sacramento Area Modelers, a model airplane enthusiasts' group meeting at the SMUD building that night - convinced the armed Gully to walk outside.

As police officers were arriving on scene, Gully then turned the gun on himself while in the parking lot, Pettit said.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

Pettit said Gully and his wife were separated and his wife was in a relationship with Votaw. Members of both families have declined interviews with The Bee.

The modelers' club meets monthly at the SMUD building. None of the people involved are associated with SMUD, Pettit said.

Police received 911 calls reporting the shooting at 7:18 p.m. The modelers' club was scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m.

Call The Bee's Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038.

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