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Assemblyman Mike Gatto's father shot and killed in apparent home invasion robbery

November 14, 2013|By Ari Bloomekatz and Jason Wells
  • File Photo: Campaign manager Stacey Brenner, Assemblyman Mike Gatto and Ken Ahern and father Joseph Gatto listen to early returns on other races and propositions at an election party in Burbank on Tuesday, June 8, 2010. The assemblyman's father, Joseph Gatto, was shot and killed in an apparent home invasion robbery on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.
File Photo: Campaign manager Stacey Brenner, Assemblyman… (Roger Wilson / Staff…)

The father of state Assemblyman Mike Gatto was discovered shot to death in his Silver Lake home Wednesday night, the victim of an apparent home invasion, police said.

The body of Joseph Gatto, 78, was found at about 8:15 p.m., slumped over a desk in his home in the 2800 block of Bright Lane, Los Angeles police Lt. Richard Parks told the Los Angeles Times

Firefighters and paramedics who responded to the scene determined that he had been shot in the abdomen by a small-caliber gun, Parks said.

“The residence had been ransacked to a certain degree,” he said.

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Mike Gatto -- a Democrat who represents the 43rd District, which includes Silver Lake, Burbank, Glendale and part of the La Crescenta foothills region -- had been "made aware of his father’s passing," Parks said.

Reached by phone in Sacramento on Thursday morning, Mike Gatto said his sister made the discovery after she hadn't heard from their father all day.

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"She went over there and found him dead," he said.

After missing the last flight out of Sacramento on Wednesday, the assemblyman said he was waiting to catch a flight to L.A. Thursday to reunite with family members, who were at the house.

He added that few details about what happened were available because the investigation was in its early stages.

The incident marked the first homicide in Silver Lake this year, according to the L.A. Times' Homicide Report database.

-- Jason Wells and Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times 

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