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Car driven by wounded man in Nevada is traced to shooting scene in Westminster

February 14, 2010 | 11:52 pm

Police found a woman shot to death and a gravely wounded man at their Westminster home after their car was found in Nevada being driven by a wounded man.

Authorities are not yet releasing the names of the victims or of the man being held in Nevada.

The events that led to the grisly discovery began Sunday with a man walking into a casino in Stateline, Nev., and “acting suspiciously,” said Officer Van Woodson of the Westminster Police Department.

Security guards started to question the man, and he fled, driving away quickly. He crashed the vehicle soon after, Woodson said. Las Vegas police took over the investigation and determined that the car was registered to a Westminster resident. Officers also noticed that the man had a gunshot wound to his leg.

Nevada authorities alerted Westminster police at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Local police discovered the victims, who had been shot, at 2 p.m. in a two-story house in the 5300 block of Duncannon Avenue, the address where the car was registered.

The man was rushed to a hospital where he was listed in grave condition.

“This is one of the quieter neighborhoods,” Woodson said of the middle-class enclave bordering Seal Beach. “It’s not a neighborhood that the Police Department is dispatched to very often.”

On Sunday night, Westminster detectives were en route to Las Vegas to question the man in custody. 

-- Howard Blume