Lance Holger Anderson has been identified by police as the man who allegedly committed a “mercy killing” on Wednesday, killing his sister as she lay invalid in a nursing home after shooting his wife in their home in Santa Clarita, California.
Anderson, 60, was arrested.
“He came in, fired one shot, put the gun down, went out to a patio and waited for police to arrive” said LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon, reported NBC. “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.”
Police, after receiving a call from family members, went to check on the wife, and found her dead.
Anderson’s sister Lisa Nave, 58, had been invalid since 2008, and was living ina nursing home.
“It’s terrible that somebody may feel so bad about someone else’s condition that they might want to put them out of their misery, but that does not excuse it,” said LAPD Detective Juan Santa.