By Mary O’KEEFE
Foothill Boulevard was closed down between Alta Canyada and La Cañada Boulevard for about an hour on Friday due to sheriff activity.
“Six deputies with guns and carrying shields entered an apartment building,” said a witness.
Homicide detective Steve Lankford of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs homicide unit said, “Shortly after 11 a.m. [on Friday morning] the Crescenta Valley Sheriffs station received a call of an assault and possible gunshot. Deputies made entry into the upstairs apartment in the 4500 block of Lasheart. They found one male and one female victim, both victims of gunshot and both deceased.” Lasheart Drive continued to be closed from Foothill to Encinas.
The male, 47, apparently killed the female, 39, in a murder suicide. A handgun was found at the scene. The woman lived at the apartment. It was unknown where the man lived or what their relationship was.
Homicide detectives have been assigned the investigation. The investigation is still preliminary; the names of the victims have not been released.
La Cañada Elementary was locked down for about 45 minutes then reopened. As of 1:30 p.m. parents could not travel on Lasheart to pick up their children.