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Suspect in Christmas Eve shooting found dead – Los Angeles Times

Posted by tothewire on December 25, 2008

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 A man dressed as Santa Claus opened fire at a Christmas Eve party in a home that subsequently caught fire, leaving at least three people dead, police said. The suspect later killed himself, police said.

Bruce Jeffrey Pardo

Bruce Jeffrey Pardo

Police found the body of Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, 45, at the home of his brother early today in Sylmar. Police would not say how he died.

Police said he was the estranged husband of a person who may have been at the party in Covina.

“He was going through some type of marital problems, and we believe that this residence is a relative’s residence,” Lt. Pat Buchanan said.

The gunman arrived at the party late Wednesday and immediately opened fire with a handgun, Buchanan said. Witnesses told police that the man took off the Santa suit and left the scene of the burning house in street clothes.

Buchanan could not say how the fire started.

Authorities initially announced today that three had died in the incident, but later said that investigators sifting through the ashes of the house came across additional bodies.

Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said the bodies were too badly burned to immediately determine whether the victims died in the shootings or the fire.

“We have multiple bodies inside,” Winter said. “They’re extremely charred and burned.”

Winter, who would not say exactly how many were found, said the search through the destroyed home would take at least until the end of the day.

Covina police said, however, that the report of more victims was unconfirmed.

Buchanan said three other people were injured. A woman in her 20s and an 8-year-old girl had gunshot wounds that were not life-threatening, and a third person had a broken ankle.

Neighbor David Salgado said he saw the 8-year-old victim being escorted to an ambulance by four SWAT team members.

“It was really ugly,” Salgado said.

Another neighbor, Jan Gregory, said there seemed to have been about 25 people at the party late Wednesday when gunshots rang out and people started running from the house.

She said she saw a teenage boy flee the home screaming, “‘They shot my family.”

Police received several 911 calls with reports of shots fired at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night, and were still hearing gunshots after they arrived and found the house in flames, Buchanan said.

Salgado described flames as high as 40 feet.

At first, firefighters were held back by police because shots were still being fired, though it may have been ammunition burning in the blaze, fire Captain Mike Brown said.

Firefighters had extinguished the blaze by about 1:30 a.m. today, fire Captain Mike Brown said.

The two-story home on a cul-de-sac was destroyed in the quiet suburb 25 miles east of Los Angeles.

“This neighborhood is really quiet,” said Jeffrey Barrientos, who lives half a block from the house that burned. Barrientos said the neighborhood’s residents were mostly retirees and elderly people.

http://www.latimes.com
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2 Responses to “Suspect in Christmas Eve shooting found dead – Los Angeles Times”

  1. Lawman2 said

    men are wired differently than women that I DO KNOW.you ladies make what is good and fine in a man better stronger.BUT you can also drive us insane.

    i feel this man was pushed beyond sanity.

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