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Elderly Jefferson Park man had 'personality conflict' with woman he allegedly shot and killed, police say [Updated]

May 17, 2010 |  9:32 am

An elderly man has been arrested for allegedly shooting and killing his caretaker’s girlfriend outside his Jefferson Park home, authorities said Monday.

The 55-year-old victim, who was originally thought to be in her 40s, had been staying at the man’s duplex for a few days with her boyfriend, who provided in-home care to the man for years, police said.

[Update 12:27 p.m.: The coroner's office has identified the shooting victim as Carolyn Lovett, a 55-year-old black woman.]

Police believe the 81-year-old man was fed up the woman and wanted her out. Their dispute spilled into the front yard Sunday evening, when he allegedly shot her with his .45-caliber revolver, killing her on scene, police said.

“He didn’t want her staying there anymore,” said LAPD Det. Sean Hansen. “Just a personality conflict.”

The alleged shooter, Lloyd Wade, had no history of violence, Hansen said.

The caretaker, whose girlfriend was shot, was a family friend of Wade’s who had been working for the man since 2003. He and his girlfriend didn’t have anywhere to stay and had been living at the man’s duplex with his permission, Hansen said.

The caretaker, who cooked meals for the man and performed other tasks around the house, was not home at the time of the dispute.

The shooting occurred around 6:30 p.m. Sunday on the 3000 block of 11th Avenue. The victim’s name has not yet been released.

Wade, a retired widower, was arrested. He appeared remorseful during conversations with police, Hansen said.

-- Robert Faturechi