By J. Chess
In a heartbreaking event that unfolded on Saturday night, four individuals were found fatally shot in a home in Granada Hills. The Los Angeles police Department (LAPD) led the initial investigations, and it is suspected that an elderly man in his 80s might be the shooter.
Police Respond to shooting Reports
At approximately 6:50 p.m., police officers rushed to the scene following reports of gunfire at a residence located in the 11600 block of Lerdo Avenue. Despite their prompt response, the officers received no answer when they knocked on the front door of the property. They were compelled to force entry and upon doing so, they encountered a horrifying scene: four lifeless bodies and a surviving witness.
Victims and Suspected Perpetrator Identified
The victims, all family members, included two individuals in their late 40s – a male and a female – and an elderly woman in her 80s. The fourth body, believed to be the suspect, was discovered in a separate part of the house with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The witness, an adult whose relationship to the family remains unconfirmed, guided the police to the victims’ bodies.
Authorities Investigating Possible Murder-Suicide
While the specific circumstances leading up to the deaths are currently unclear, investigators are leaning towards a murder-suicide theory. LAPD Captain Kelly Muniz expressed her shock at the severity of the incident, remarking, “It’s hard to imagine a more terrifying and horrific scene. The only solace we can take from this tragedy is that at least one witness has survived.”
Investigation Continues Amid Large Police Presence
Following the incident, a substantial police presence surrounded the home. Citizen footage captured the gravity of the situation, showing numerous LAPD officers securing the area. As the investigation continues, details remain scarce, leaving the community in shock and mourning for the lost lives. This tragic incident reminds us of the urgent need to address domestic violence and mental health issues in our society.
Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.