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Couple shot dead in retirement community were found in different rooms

December 6, 2010 |  6:13 pm

The bodies of an elderly couple found dead in a Laguna Woods retirement community Monday were lying in separate areas of their home on the 90 block of Calle Aragon, authorities said.

Deputies found a 77-year-old man in the front of the house, and his 72-year-old wife was found dead in the back of the house, said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies interviewed the caretaker who made the 911 call at 1:05 p.m. Monday shortly after she heard gunshots in the home.

She heard the couple having a “heated argument” and ran out of the home after she heard gunshots. She ran back in the home after another round of gunshots and found the man lying on the floor in the front of the house.

Authorities said she was one of several caretakers the couple had in recent years.

Officials could not comment on a motive or whether the deaths could be classified as a murder-suicide.

“We don’t want to speculate at this stage what it could be,” Amormino said. “We’re going to let the investigation take its course.”

He said the couple had lived in the detached single-family residence for about 11 years. Orange County Coroner’s officials could not immediately reveal the couple’s names because their children, believed to be out of town, had not yet been notified.

-- Nardine Saad



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