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Police: 3 dead in Torrance after double murder-suicide at senior housing facility

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Police say three people are dead after what appears to be a double-murder suicide at a high-rise housing facility for seniors in Torrance.

Sgt. Bob Watt of the Torrance Police Department says the gunman was an elderly man and his victims were two women, who have yet to be identified, though one is believed to have been an employee.

Watt says the shooting occurred around noon Tuesday in the ground floor lobby of the building.

“It’s a 14-story building so it’s quite large. The community itself — it’s a large contingency of elderly persons that live here. Our calls for service here are very low, so for the location, it’s pretty unheard of to have something like this happen.”

“Officers and detectives evacuated the location. A systematic search was done on every floor to make sure we had no additional victims,” Watt said.

Police have recovered the handgun used in the shooting. People had started to return to their homes Tuesday afternoon.

Witnesses are being interviewed and police are trying to recover surveillance footage.

The motive for the shooting is unknown.

According to the city of Torrance's website, Golden West Towers is a 180-unit, privately owned and operated facility. The low and moderate income housing facility is for seniors who can live independently.