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UPDATE: 60-year old Santa Clarita man suspected of shootings in Canyon Country, North Hills

Man allegedly kills wife, who was suffering from dementia, and sister who lay in vegetative state

Posted: December 11, 2013 11:26 a.m.
Updated: December 11, 2013 7:36 p.m.

A Sheriff's Deputy stands outside the open door at the scene of a shooting on the 26800 block of Claudette Street in Canyon Country on Wednesday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.

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Los Angeles police say a 60-year-old man has been booked for investigation of murder in the shooting deaths of his dementia-stricken wife in Canyon Country and his sister, who was in a vegetative state at a nursing home in North Hills.

Detective Andrea Moore says Lance Holger Anderson of Canyon Country was booked Wednesday.

Police officers in North Hills arrested Anderson Wednesday morning after he walked into a North Hills convalescent hospital and shot his 58-year-old sister, Lisa Nave, as she lay as an invalid in her bed, police said in a news release issued late Wednesday afternoon.

Anderson, who lived in Castaic and Valencia before moving to Canyon Country five months ago, announced he was walking into the adjoining patio at the nursing home to await police arrival, according to police.

He surrendered without any resistance, and left the gun - a small caliber derringer-type of firearm - on a table next to his dead sister.

The shooting happened about 9:20 a.m., at the Country Villa Sheraton Convalescent and Rehabilitation Hospital, on Sepulveda Boulevard.  No other patients or staff were threatened or confronted by Anderson during the incident.

When Nave’s husband, son, and daughter first heard what happened from hospital staff, their first thought went to Anderson’s wife, who was suffering from medical issues as well.

“Lisa’s husband told me over the phone that he wondered, if Lance were under arrest, who would care for his wife, or worse, did he shoot her, too?” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the LAPD Mission Detective Division. “So the family called the sheriff in Santa Clarita to conduct a welfare check, and responding deputies did find a dead woman, presumed to be Lance’s wife, at the Anderson home in Santa Clarita.”

Detectives booked Anderson for the murder of his sister, and the bail amount had not yet been determined at the time of a police press release.  

According to the family, Lisa Nave had been an invalid since 2008, staying at the hospital where she got constant care. Her family visited her often. She came out of a coma four years ago, but had remained an invalid and in need of close care.

“The motives and rationale for this kind of shooting can never be justified legally,” Vernon said, “Mr. Anderson made a unilateral, fateful decision to take two lives and forever alter his and so many others who loved his wife and his sister.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau is investigating the shooting death of the woman found in Anderson’s home in Canyon Country, while LAPD detectives will handle the North Hills investigation.

Shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday, paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a call placed by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s deputies reporting a person shot in the 26000 block of Claudette Street, near Rue Crevier in Canyon Country, said Fire Department Inspector Keith Mora.

The body of a woman who had apparently been shot was found inside a ground-floor apartment on Claudette Street, said Lt. Holly Francisco of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau.

“Deputies went up to the location, made entry into the house and found a female, white in her 60s, with an apparent gunshot wound,” she said.

Homicide investigators who examined the Claudette shooting scene have concluded that the fatal shooting was not a suicide and that there was no forced entry to the couple’s apartment, Francisco said.

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