The Los Angeles lawyer shoots his wife, the 19-year-old son, and tries to kill their daughter

The Los Angeles lawyer, 60, shoots his wife, the 19-year-old son, and tries to kill their daughter before aiming the gun at himself

  • Eric Lertzman, 60, opened fire in Northridge, California, at home with his family around 9:00 am Wednesday in what is probably a suicide
  • His 19-year-old son Michael and wife Sandy, 60, were killed in the house
  • His daughter fled from a bathroom window to seek help and survived
  • Lertzman then committed suicide in what is probably a suicide
  • The father was a deputy public prosecutor who worked for the office since 2005
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It is believed that a Los Angeles lawyer shot his wife and son and tried to kill his daughter before pointing the gun at himself.

Eric Lertzman, 60, opened fire in Northridge, California, at home with his family around 9 am Wednesday in what is probably a suicide.

His daughter fled from a bathroom window to seek help, while his 19-year-old son Michael and wife Sandy, 60, were killed in the house.

Lertzman – a deputy city attorney who worked for the office since 2005 – then committed suicide.

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Eric Lertzman, 60, opened fire in his family's home in California around Wednesday at 9 a.m. in a horrific double suicide

Eric Lertzman, 60, opened fire in his family's home in California around Wednesday at 9 a.m. in a horrific double suicide

His 19-year-old son Michael and wife Sandy were killed after he shot them while his daughter fled from a bathroom window and survived

His 19-year-old son Michael and wife Sandy were killed after he shot them while his daughter fled from a bathroom window and survived

His 19-year-old son Michael and wife Sandy were killed after he shot them while his daughter fled from a bathroom window and survived

& # 39; The daughter came running to my door and said her father was shooting at her, & # 39; said a neighbor ABC 7.

Early reports indicate that the police had been called to the parental home due to a domestic malfunction

Early reports indicate that the police had been called to the parental home due to a domestic malfunction

Early reports indicate that the police had been called to the parental home due to a domestic malfunction

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& # 39; I went to the door with her and knocked on the door, shouting. Nothing. We went back. She had locked the doors and left.

& # 39; She said & # 39; & # 39; my mother and brother are still inside. & # 39; & # 39; We stormed on the door, shouted for her father, shouted her mother's name and her brother's name. No answer. And then we called the police, & the neighbor said.

Sister-in-law Cindy Stern said that Lertzman had undergone surgery six weeks ago and probably used a strong painkiller for an upcoming hernia operation.

& # 39; This is a tragedy. This is a case of someone who breaks. He was in pain and used painkillers. It is so out of his character for him, & Stern told it New York Daily News. & # 39; He was a gentle man. & # 39;

According to the authorities, two weapons were found at the site of the suspected suicide by murder.

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Stern said about her cousin: & # 39; It was totally incomprehensible to her how this could happen.

& # 39; She heard some shots and managed to get out of her bedroom to the ladies' room to escape from the window. & # 39;

Prosecutor Mike Feuer said: & # 39; Details are evolving, although early reports indicate the police were called to the family home due to a domestic malfunction, & # 39;

He called the incident a & # 39; terrible tragedy & # 39 ;.

& # 39; She was just a very positive, caring, thoughtful person, & # 39; said Stern about her sister Sandy. & # 39; She was just so loving and full of life. & # 39;

Lertzman was a deputy prosecutor who worked for the office since 2005 and committed suicide at his home in Northridge, California, at home
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Lertzman was a deputy prosecutor who worked for the office since 2005 and committed suicide at his home in Northridge, California, at home

Lertzman was a deputy prosecutor who worked for the office since 2005 and committed suicide at his home in Northridge, California, at home

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