UPDATE: 1 Killed, 1 Critical After Shooting at Tarzana House

A man described by police as a suspect is detained at the scene on the 4600 block of Vanalden Avenue.

UPDATE 11:12 a.m. Sunday -- One victim died, according to City News Service.


11:18 p.m. Saturday

A quiet, upscale neighborhood in Tarzana south of Ventura Boulevard was the scene of a multiple shooting Saturday night.

A man and a woman were taken to Northridge Medical Center and listed in critical condition after officers responded to a report of shots fired around 7:30 p.m. at a home on the 4600 block of Vanalden Avenue, according to Capt. Ivan Minsal of the Los Angeles Police Department. A third person identified only as a male was detained at the scene and taken into custody as a suspect, Minsal said.

"We’re holding this as a crime scene. We’ve been interviewing some relatives that have been responding to this home tonight," Minsal told Patch at the scene. "As we get further into the night we’ll have a better picture of what occurred here. All we know is it’s a domestic violence related call."

The scene of the shooting is a large two-story home on a hill with a gate out front located in an upscale neighborhood lined with multi-million dollar homes. At least four vehicles were parked in the driveway. Minsal described the home as very "neatly kept" but declined to say who owned it or if any of the victims or the suspected shooter lived there.

Minsal, who is a captain with the LAPD Van Nuys Division but was on loan for the weekend to the West Valley Division, which patrols Tarzana, said that police have not identified anyone else who may have been present during the shooting.

"There may have been somebody else [present], there may have been more, but our preliminary facts are that there were three people here," Minsal said.

Minsal declined to give any specific details about the identities, ages or races of the victims and the suspected shooter or the type of weapon that was used.

Patch will update this story as more information is available.

Paul Dumont December 16, 2012 at 08:14 PM
According to Englander Logic, the tragedy could have been prevented by passing a zoning law against "neatly kept" homes. www.StopCCFO.org
Ruth Truth December 16, 2012 at 11:18 PM
False equivalency. Englander is right, and you know it, but won't admit it because you have a financial stake (your job) in keeping illegally operating, over crowded housing in what would otherwise be quiet residential neighborhoods. You and your "family" get chased from neighborhood to neighborhood because you can't control your boarders who act as if they should be allowed to live among those who actually worked for what they have. Where do you find the residents for your homes anyway? It's almost as if they go from jail to bail and into your waiting van. I wonder if they all have the same bail bondsman? I'm sure when Mr. Englander looks into you and your "family" he'll find some very interesting common threads among those you churn through your flop houses. The changes to the zoning laws can't come soon enough...


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