Santa Clarita Shooting Victim Not ID'ed; Sheriff Confirms Murder Investigation
A Santa Clarita man is in custody Thursday, in lieu of $1 million bail, accused in the murder of two women, one in Canyon Country and another in North Hills.
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Lance Holger Anderson, 60, of Canyon Country, is in custody at Van Nuys jail of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Division.
Officials with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office have not yet released the name of the victim in Anderson’s alleged Santa Clarita shooting, but neighbors reported that Anderson lived with his wife in a condo on the 26800 block of Claudette Street in Canyon Country.
Coroner’s officials reported that the next of kin was active military, which has impeded the next-of-kin notification process.
"Deputies assigned to Canyon Country responded to (the Claudette Street condominium) regarding a 'check the welfare' call," said Lt. Holly Francisco of the Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau. "Deputies went up to the location and made entry into the house and found a female, white, in her 60s with an apparent gunshot wound."
Anderson was arrested Monday by LAPD officers following the discovery that his sister, Linda Nave, 58, was murdered in what appeared to be the mercy killing of Anderson’s sister at a Mission Hills nursing home, according to police.
The shooting happened about 9 a.m. at Country Villa Sheraton Nursing Center at 9655 Sepulveda Blvd., LAPD Mission officials said.
Police said a gunman walked into the convalescent home as a visitor and shot Nave, who had been in a vegetative state for five years.
Nace was pronounced dead at the scene, and a Derringer pistol was found nearby.
The incident prompted family members to request a “check the welfare” call, which is what alerted deputies to a second victim.
"My husband and I were sitting in bed and I heard two loud booms about 30 seconds apart at about 10:30 p.m. last night," Kristen Booker, a neighbor of the victim said. "We thought it was fireworks because that is what started the fire recently."
On Sept. 30, there was a fire in Booker's unit that was believed to be started by fireworks, she said. (There is a youtube video available of the fire, see it here.)
The couple that lived in the victim's unit were described as a white middle-aged husband and wife, who were very sweet people and very friendly, according to Booker.
The couple moved in about five months ago, she added.
"This is the street where everything happens," said Brittany Hutchinson a nearby resident, alluding to the fire and the shooting.
"I am pretty afraid," Booker said. "I am ready to move."
Anderson does not yet have a court date.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website lacrimestoppers.org.
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