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Man arrested in Los Angeles after killings of ailing wife at home, sister in nursing facility

Los Angeles police say a 60-year-old man shot and killed his wife, who was suffering from dementia, and then walked into a convalescent home and killed his sister as she lay in a vegetative state.

Lt. Paul Vernon says the man was arrested Wednesday morning at the Country Villa Sheraton nursing facility in the North Hills area of Los Angeles and a gun was recovered. His name was not immediately released.

Vernon characterized the shootings as apparent mercy killings.

The sister was identified as 58-year-old Lisa Nave.

Vernon says sheriff's deputies found the wife's body in the north county community of Canyon Country after family members who had learned of Nave's killing requested a welfare check on the wife.