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Murder-suicide leaves sheriff's investigators puzzled

August 14, 2009 | 11:34 am

Homicide detectives are continuing their investigation today into a puzzling murder-suicide that left two men dead in Valinda, an unincorporated area in the San Gabriel Valley.

The murder-suicide was reported around 8:33 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Rimgrove Avenue and Sam Gerry Drive.

David Sua was driving to dinner with his family when a man threw a beer can at their car, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigators said. When Sua climbed out of the car and confronted the man, an argument erupted and the man pulled out a handgun and shot Sua, then turned the gun on himself, investigators said.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by fire paramedics. The name of the gunman was not released pending notification of his family, said Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

-- Ruben Vives

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