ANTIOCH -- A man with a reported history of domestic violence shot and wounded an ex-girlfriend and her mother before killing himself in their family home Tuesday night, police said.
The women, ages 46 and 22, were listed in stable condition at a hospital Wednesday and are expected to survive their gunshot wounds, police said.
The violence erupted at a home in the 2500 block of Yorkshire Drive at 10:39 p.m., when a man identified by police as 22-year-old Antioch resident Jimmie Lee Bills broke through the front door of a two-story home and shot the two women before turning the gun on himself, police said. Bills was halfway through a two-year probation sentence for felony drug possession, according to Contra Costa County Superior Court records.
The mother's 7-year-old twin sons were at the home during the shooting, but were not injured, police said.
While police said the motive for the shooting is still under investigation, court records show the 22-year-old victim obtained a restraining order against Bills in February.
Police said Bills was never served with the restraining order, which covered the woman, her mother and her siblings, and was due to expire in 2016. When obtaining the order, Bills' ex-girlfriend told a judge that Bills had been physically abusive with her on multiple occasions and once had vandalized her car during an argument.
Another one of Bills' ex-girlfriends, a Pittsburg woman, also has a restraining order against Bills through March 2014. That woman alleged Bills broke into her parents' home and threatened her with a gun in February 2011. Later that same month, Bills told the woman's father that he was going to shoot him and his house, the woman told a court.
One Yorkshire Drive neighbor who said she is "very close" to the recent shooting victims said Wednesday that Bills had shown a propensity for violent behavior in the past and that he kicked in a fence at the residence last year. A deadbolt from the front door was among the debris on the front walk of the home Tuesday morning.
"There's been quite a few incidents over there," said Deatrice Davis, who added that the family also has a 16-year-old daughter. It was not known immediately if that girl was home when the shooting occurred. "The police have been out here quite a few times."
Bills had a Twitter account but hadn't posted on it since November 2010. On it, he touted his ability as a barber and tattoo artist.