Yuletide Horror: 'Santa' Massacre 911 Call Released as New Details Emerge

This is a rush transcript from "On the Record ," December 26, 2008. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

JAMIE COLBY, FOX NEWS GUEST HOST: Tonight: It was a joyous Christmas Eve party, friends and family gathered together, like they do each year. An 8-year-old girl answers the front door. It's Santa Claus holding a present. She opens the door to let Santa in, but instead of handing her a gift, Santa shoots her right through the face. Her mother frantically calls 911.




UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Please come immediately!


911 OPERATOR: Ma'am, is the guy in your house right now?


911 OPERATOR: OK, OK. Ma'am, ma'am (INAUDIBLE) Is he at your house?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes! (INAUDIBLE) he's shooting! He's shooting at everybody!

911 OPERATOR: What's your address?


911 OPERATOR: Ma'am, I understand. We need to know your address.


911 OPERATOR: Ma'am, OK, stay on the phone with me, OK?


911 OPERATOR: Ma'am -- ma'am -- ma'am, ma'am, hold on, OK? I have officers en route. What's your name?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (INAUDIBLE) the house is on fire! My mom's house is on fire!


911 OPERATOR: Who was shooting?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We don't know! I think I recognize him (INAUDIBLE)

911 OPERATOR: What do you think his name is, Bruce?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: His name is Bruce Pardo!

911 OPERATOR: OK. And who is he to you guys?


911 OPERATOR: Who is he to you??

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He is -- he was -- he's my ex-brother-in-law. He's (INAUDIBLE) right now!



911 OPERATOR: Is he still there?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He's shooting at us!

911 OPERATOR: OK. Do you know what kind of car he drives?


911 OPERATOR: You said he's still there?


911 OPERATOR: Can you hear...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The house is on fire! My mom's house (INAUDIBLE)

911 OPERATOR: Ma'am, the fire department's there, OK?


911 OPERATOR: I know, I know. It's OK. The officers are there. They're trying to get to you guys, OK?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They're trying to get to us?

911 OPERATOR: Yes, they're trying to get to you, OK? They're just making sure everything's safe.


911 OPERATOR: It's OK.




911 OPERATOR: Hold on, OK? The officers are outside, OK?


911 OPERATOR: OK, ma'am? What's your name? I'm going to get your name. What's your name?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My name is Letitia (ph).

911 OPERATOR: OK, Letitia? I have an officer. His name is Sergeant Eddings (INAUDIBLE) And he's coming to your house right now, OK?


911 OPERATOR: Sergeant Eddings going to be -- his name is Sergeant Eddings, and he's going to be coming into your house right now, OK?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK. He's coming, Sergeant Eddings.

911 OPERATOR: Sergeant Eddings. Just stay on the phone with me, OK?


911 OPERATOR: Upstairs. OK.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (INAUDIBLE) what happened to my family! I can't even (INAUDIBLE) I'm so in shock (INAUDIBLE)

911 OPERATOR: OK. Hold on one second.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm trying to keep it together!

911 OPERATOR: I know. I know. You're doing very well, Letitia.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, he changed his clothes from Santa Claus clothes.

911 OPERATOR: OK. Let me know what he's wearing.


911 OPERATOR: All black?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (INAUDIBLE) He's knocking out the lights!

911 OPERATOR: He's knocking out the lights?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He's knocking out the lights in the street, they said.

911 OPERATOR: OK, hold on.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Please, we can't allow him to come into this house. Do you understand? We need to lock all the doors. He just came in with a shotgun. He came in -- I didn't -- we all just -- (INAUDIBLE) came in through the entrance of the door in a Santa Claus suit. And I didn't see from when he shot. I heard the shot (INAUDIBLE) and I wasn't sure (INAUDIBLE) we were panicking and running, so we all dove under the dining room (INAUDIBLE) I don't know! We need someone immediately!

911 OPERATOR: I know. The officers are just trying to get to you, OK?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My daughter's been shot! She was shot in the face on the (INAUDIBLE) and she's bleeding!

911 OPERATOR: I know. I let the officers know. The officers are (INAUDIBLE) but a paramedic's (INAUDIBLE)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I need a bandage, please.



911 OPERATOR: I know. It's OK, Letitia. You're doing great with us, OK?


911 OPERATOR: It's OK. Stay on the phone with me, OK?



COLBY: Well, that is the first time that we have played that sound, and it is just stunning to hear the ordeal that was going on on that street, in that house with that little girl.

There are so many new details tonight of what Bruce Pardo had planned. Recently divorced, believed to be despondent, he was armed that night with enough ammunition to blow up that house that was filled with 25 unsuspecting party goers, including children.

Covina police chief Kim Raney joins me now live. Chief, thanks for being with us. First and foremost, tell us the number of victims and whether or not they've been identified.

CHIEF KIM RANEY, COVINA POLICE: Well, there's nine bodies that have been recovered over the last two days. And as of today, none of the victims have been positively identified.

COLBY: Why is that?

RANEY: They were burned beyond recognition, basically, and so we're waiting for dental records and get those to the coroner's office, let them do their autopsies, and hopefully, we can get a positive identification early next week.

COLBY: Has everyone that was at that party, though, been identified? Do you have some people that may still be trapped in that house that burned to the ground, the second floor literally collapsing on the first?

RANEY: No. We had 25 people at the party. Everybody at the party has been accounted for.

COLBY: Chief, how extensive an arsenal did Pardo have in his possession?

RANEY: Well, it looks like Mr. Pardo showed up here with four high-powered semiautomatic handguns, along with a homemade device that he used to basically vaporize or turn racing fuel into an aerosol.

COLBY: Did he intend to blow up the house, or was he going to do something with that later?

RANEY: I think all intentions are is that -- indications are he came over here with the intent to kill his victims, obviously, brought that device with him to set the house on fire. It appears like after he shot his victims, he then activated the sprayer, started to fill the house with the fumes from the racing fuel. And it appears that somehow, that ignited, either through a candle, a pilot light. But it looked like it ignited before he was prepared for it.

COLBY: The 911 call that we listened to, Chief -- I know you've heard it, as well -- that 8-year-old girl shot through the face because she was the one that opened up the door to let Santa in. How is she doing, do you know, tonight?

RANEY: My information is that she's home. Obviously, she was in a very traumatic situation, so our thoughts and prayers are with her. But she is going to survive her wounds, and it's my information she's home with her family tonight.

COLBY: And what is your reaction when you hear that call? And now that you've seen the scene that was there that this Bruce Pardo planned and executed, what is your reaction to a crime of this magnitude?

RANEY: Well, first of all, I think you can hear the -- just the horror and the terror in the mother's voice. And it's a situation that nobody wants to have to deal with. I'm just not sure -- it's a senseless situation. I'm not sure you can ever make sense out of it.

COLBY: Can you establish at this point any motive of why Bruce Pardo would want to cause this death and destruction on Christmas Eve? And why the heck was he wearing a Santa costume?

RANEY: Well, it sounds like this family had a rich tradition of having Santa Claus come to their party every year. It was a neighbor dressed as Santa Claus. That neighbor moved away this year. It appears Mr. Pardo has been planning this for several months and came to the party dressed as Santa Claus. It's our information or assumption that he probably knew that would be the way he would get access into the residence, where he could then execute the family.

COLBY: We're looking at a picture of that Santa suit in his car. It literally melted to his body when the device went off, and I understand that he pretty much burned in it. But he was able to get away from the scene. Where did he go, and what happened next?

RANEY: It appears he left the scene and he drove to his brother's house in the city of Sylmar (ph). He parked the car about a block away from the house. He had suffered significant burns, third-degree burns, on both of his arms. And again, the suit had partially melted to his legs. He went inside and committed suicide inside the house.

But what's so -- again, so tragic about this, or kind of demonstrates his mindset, he had the frame of mind where he still set a booby trap in that car, where he rigged the Santa suit to an explosive device in the car. And again, he intended to kill as many people as he could that day.

COLBY: Well, Chief Raney, what a scene. So hard to imagine what it was like at that house, and that 911 call really explains it all. We're glad to hear that this 8-year-old girl is going to survive her injuries. Thank you very much for taking time to talk to us tonight.


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