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Woman dies, elderly man critically wounded in West Hollywood shooting [Updated]

April 1, 2010 |  7:30 am

Click map for details about other nearby homicides L.A. County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a self-inflicted shooting in West Hollywood that left an elderly man in grave condition and a 73-year-old woman dead.

Deputies responded about 8 p.m. Wednesday to a report of someone screaming from an apartment in the 800 block of North Kings Road, said Deputy Byron Ward.

Deputies found the woman suffering from a gunshot wound. She was believed to be a resident of the apartment, Ward said.

After searching the apartment, deputies found an 84-year-old male suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Ward said.

The weapon was recovered at the scene. It was unclear what the relationship was between the man and woman, Ward said. They were taken to a hospital, where the woman died.

[Updated 9:50 a.m.: Since January 2007, four homicides have been reported by coroner's officials within one mile of the 800 block of North Kings Road, according to information collected for The Times' interactive  Homicide Report. In addition, the January death of Lisa La Pierre was initially listed as a homicide by coroner's officials. La Pierre, 42, died more than 15 years after she was paralyzed in a shooting at Santa Monica Boulevard and Sweetzer Avenue in West Hollywood. A final determination in her case has been deferred pending additional tests.]

-- My-Thuan Tran

Map shows homicides within one mile of Wednesday's apparent murder-suicide. Source: Homicide Report