By Mary O’KEEFE
Los Angeles Police were summoned to a home in the 2800 block of Bright Lane in Silver Lake at 8:15 p.m. last night.
“We [discovered] a man in his late 70s who suffered a gunshot wound,” said Officer Bruch Borihanh.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Justin Hager, spokesman for Assemblymember Mike Gatto confirmed the victim was in fact the Assemblymember’s 78-year-old father Joseph.
According to a LAPD spokesperson a family member made the discovery of the body.
Gatto was notified of his father’s passing last night in Sacramento.
“He is devastated,” Hager said.
Joseph Gatto is a retired teacher from the Los Angeles County School for the Arts.
“[Assemblymember Gatto] is grateful to the LAPD for their kindness and [professionalism],” Hager said.
The investigation is ongoing.
If anyone has any information or may have seen anything they are encouraged to call LAPD at (877) 527-3247 or to leave an anonymous tip call (800) 222-8477.