A man was in custody Wednesday after allegedly fatally shooting his invalid sister at a North Hills convalescent home following the fatal shooting of his wife in Canyon Country, authorities said.
Alleged shooter Lance Holger Anderson, 60, of Santa Clarita, was believed to have shot his wife and then his sister in apparent “mercy killings,” initial investigation showed, LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said at a news conference.
An unidentified woman, described only as a white female who was Anderson’s wife, was pronounced dead after being shot at a home in the 26800 block of Claudette Street in Canyon Country, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Police responded to that home, which is in an area of Santa Clarita, at 10 a.m. after a welfare check was requested by family members informed that Anderson was accused of shooting his sister at a North Hills convalescent home, Vernon said.
That shooting, at Country Villa Sheraton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in the 9600 block of Sepulveda Boulevard in North Hills, was reported at 9:19 a.m., a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said.
“He came into the hospital, took out a gun, shot her once in the head, then put the gun down and walked into the patio and waited for police to arrive,” Vernon said. He gave up without any kind of problems at all.”
Two other unconscious patients were in the room at the time of the shooting, police said. The victim was identified as 58-year-old Lisa Nave.
Nave had been at the facility for five years and was in a vegetative state, police said. A small-caliber revolver was left on a table next to her body, according to police.
“Shooting at convalescent home is apparent mercy killing by bro to his infirmed sister. Bro in custody w gun,” the LAPD wrote in a tweet sent before a connection was made to the shooting in Canyon Country. A subsequent tweet stated: “58 yo woman had been in hosp 5 years and not conscious.”
Nave’s husband told police the family was concerned for Anderson’s wife, who had “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?” Vernon wrote in a news release. “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.”
Family members said through police that they did not want to talk to media.
Anyone with information about this incident was encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. To provide information anonymously, call “Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-8477 (TIPS), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
KTLA’s John Moreno, Melissa Pamer and Kareen Wynter contributed to this report.