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Woman charged with killing husband, shooting son in Mother's Day incident

May 9, 2011 |  3:47 pm

A Tustin-area woman was charged Monday with killing her husband and wounding her son before the gun was wrestled away from her by her 9-year-old son during a Mother's Day shooting rampage, officials said.

Annamaria Magno Gana, 41, was taken into custody Sunday afternoon and charged Monday with felony murder and attempted murder with sentencing enhancements.

Gana allegedly shot Antonio Potenciano Gana, 72, to death and wounded her 16-year-old son, said sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino. The incident took place in an unincorporated neighborhood north of Tustin.

When Orange County sheriff’s deputies responded to the shooting in the 18400 block of Manning Drive, the woman's 9-year-old son was holding what investigators suspect was the murder weapon -- “a high-powered handgun,” according to Amormino.

The young boy, according to prosecutors, had wrestled the gun from his mother.

Authorities said the woman had fired a bullet into the ceiling of a bedroom. When her husband and their 16-year-old son ran into the bedroom in response to the gunshot, she turned the gun on her husband and shot him in the chest, authorities say.

She allegedly shot her 16-year-old son as he attempted to escape.


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