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2 die in Saugus shooting

Man shoots wife, then self with healthcare workers in home

Posted: May 28, 2009 8:51 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Sheriff's Lt. Dave Coleman, center, and members of a crime lab investigate a murder scene on Bobwhite Circle in Saugus Thursday.

An elderly man fatally shot his wife then turned his handgun on himself Thursday while healthcare workers were visiting their Saugus home, sheriff’s officials said.

Officials did not release the victims’ names, saying that relatives hadn’t been notified.

Just after 8 a.m., the 75-year-old man fired one shot into his 68-year-old wife as she lay in bed. He then went into a nearby bathroom and shot himself, said sheriff’s homicide Lt. Dave Coleman.

A pair of home-visit healthcare workers were in another part of the house at the time of the shooting and did not hear any arguments, he said.

“It maybe resulted from ongoing health issues,” Coleman said.

At least one of the two left behind a hand-written note.

Later in the morning, detectives filed in and out of the two-story townhouse in the 100 block of Bobwhite Circle.

Neighbors were puzzled over the yellow police tape that wrapped around the corner home. They described the area as a loose-knit and quiet community, and said the two seemed to keep to themselves.

Debi Gentile, who lived across the street from the couple, gasped when she heard of the incident.

“I don’t know even know if I would recognize them if they weren’t standing in their driveway,” she said.

Just before noon, a lunch delivery van from the Santa Clarita Valley Senior’s Center rolled up alongside the patrol cars outside the taped-off home.

The driver buried her face in her hands when she learned what had happened, apologized, and drove away.



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