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Police ID two employees killed during murder-suicide at senior center

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About 100 residents of the Golden West Tower Senior Apartments were evacuated Tuesday because of a murder-suicide at the facility.

A man described as problematic for years and angry with management allegedly shot and killed two employees at a senior housing facility in Torrance before committing suicide.

Authorities identified the victims Wednesday morning as Charlie Vanhager, 54, and Maria Leon, 53. The elderly gunman has not been identified.

The incident happened in the lobby of Golden West Towers, located on the 3500 block of N. Maricopa St., about noon Tuesday.

The alleged gunman was a resident of the building for at least a decade, according to neighbors. He allegedly shot and killed a female manager who lived at the facility and a female caretaker who lived offsite, NBC LA reported.

Neighbors said the man had been a problem for years.

Alex Galindo, a maintenance worker at the facility, described the man as a "nuisance," a "threat" and residents had petitioned the management company to evict the him, the station reported.

Golden West Towers is a 14-floor, 180-unit senior housing facility that offers subsidized apartments, according to the city of Torrance.

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