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Los Angeles attorney shoots dead his wife, 19-year-old son and tries to kill their daughter

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Los Angeles attorney, 60, shoots dead his wife, 19-year-old son and tries to kill their daughter before turning the gun on himself

  • Eric Lertzman, 60, opened fire inside his family’s Northridge, California, home around 9am Wednesday in what’s believed to be a murder-suicide
  • His 19-year-old son Michael and wife Sandy, 60, were killed in the home
  • His daughter fled out a bathroom window to seek help and survived
  • Lertzman then killed himself in what’s believed to be a murder suicide  
  • The father was a deputy city attorney who worked for the office since 2005 

A Los Angeles attorney is believed to have shot dead his wife and son and attempted to kill his daughter before turning the gun on himself. 

Eric Lertzman, 60, opened fire inside his family’s Northridge, California, home around 9am Wednesday in what’s believed to be a murder-suicide. 

His daughter fled out 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 killed himself.

Eric Lertzman, 60, opened fire inside his family's California home around 9am Wednesday in a horrific double murder-suicide

Eric Lertzman, 60, opened fire inside his family’s California home around 9am Wednesday in a horrific double murder-suicide

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

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

‘The daughter came running to my door saying her father took a shot at her,’ a neighbor told ABC 7

Early reports indicate police were called to the family home because of a domestic disturbance

Early reports indicate police were called to the family home because of a domestic disturbance

‘I went with her to the door and I knocked on the door, yelled. Nothing. We went to the back. She had locked the doors and left.

‘She said ”my mom and my brother are still inside.” We pummeled on the door, yelled for her dad, yelled her mother’s name and brother’s name. No answer. And that’s when we called the police,’ the neighbor said.

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Sister-in-law Cindy Stern said Lertzman had undergone surgery six weeks ago an was likely on strong pain medication ahead an upcoming hernia operation.

‘This is a tragedy. This is a case of somebody snapping. He was in pain and on pain medication. It’s so out of character for him,’ Stern told the New York Daily News. ‘He was a mild-mannered man.’ 

Two guns were recovered at the scene of the suspected murder suicide, according to authorities. 

Stern said of her niece: ‘It was totally incomprehensible to her how this could happen.

‘She heard a bunch of shots and was able to make it from her bedroom to the powder room to escape out the window.’  

City Attorney Mike Feuer said: ‘Details are evolving, though early reports indicate police were called to the family home because of a domestic disturbance,’ 

He called the incident a ‘horrible tragedy.’

‘She was just a very positive, caring, thoughtful person,’ Stern said of her sister Sandy. ‘She was just so loving and full of life.’ 

Lertzman was a deputy city attorney who worked for the office since 2005 and killed himself in his Northridge, California, home

Lertzman was a deputy city attorney who worked for the office since 2005 and killed himself in his Northridge, California, home 



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