A man was arrested Wednesday morning after allegedly carrying out the possible mercy killings of his ailing wife and invalid sister, police said.
The suspect, identified as Lance Holger Anderson, 60, of Santa Clarita, is suspected of shooting his wife at their Santa Clarita home and then shooting his sister, identified as Lisa Nave, 58, in the head as she lay invalid in her bed at a North Hills nursing home.
The nursing home shooting happened about 9:20 a.m. when authorities responded to the Country Villa Sheraton Convalescent and Rehabilitation Hospital at 9655 Sepulveda Blvd.
“He came into the hospital, shot her once in the head, put the gun down, went out to a patio and waited for police to arrive” said LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon. “The motives and rationale for this kind of shooting can never be justified legally. 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.”
A derringer-type revolver was recovered at the nursing home, officials said.
Neighbors said they heard what sounded like fireworks about 10 p.m. on Tuesday, but no one called police.
Bertha Maxine Anderson, 68, was pronounced dead after being shot in the head 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.
She reportedly suffered from dementia, family members told police.
Officers responded to the home to do a welfare check after family members informed police 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.
Authorities said Lance Anderson took a taxi on Wednesday from the home to the Country Villa Sheraton nursing facility in the North Hills area, where his 58-year-old sister, Lisa Nave, was shot in the head while she was in bed.