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Assemblyman Gatto's father killed

Posted: November 14, 2013 7:12 a.m.
Updated: November 14, 2013 7:12 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of California Assemblyman Mike Gatto has been fatally shot in his Los Angeles home that had been ransacked, authorities said Thursday.

Joseph Gatto, 78, was found late Wednesday at his home in Silver Lake, police Lt. Richard Parks said. A family member arrived at the home and discovered Gatto shot at least one time, authorities said.

The home had been ransacked, police said. No arrests have been made and no other details were made available.

Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto of Los Angeles was elected to represent California's 43rd District in a special election three years ago. He learned of his father's death by phone while in Sacramento and is "absolutely devastated," he said in a statement.

Gatto was a retired art teacher and was a jewelry craftsman.


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