There are some news stories that are so shocking you just can’t even begin to comprehend them for a few days until after they happen. The story of Bruce Pardo is one of those stories.
According to The New York Times, Mr. Pardo arrived at the home of James and Alicia Ortega in Covina, CA just shortly before midnight on Wednesday the 24th. He was dressed as Santa Claus so that people attending a Christmas Eve party would think he was a hired entertainer for the children. Immediately upon entering the home, he pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and shot an 8-year-old girl in the face, and another girl in the back. He then proceeded in to the living room and continued his shooting spree before eventually using a gas powered canister of accelerant to set the home on fire.
The immediate death toll stood at 8, but according to The Inquisitr, that has now risen to 9.
Mr. Pardo was later discovered dead in his car some distance away from the massacre site, apparently the victim of a self-inflicted gun shot. His original plan, gathered from evidence in his car, had been to flee to Canada, but after he sustained third degree burns in the fire, it appears he opted to take his own life.
This entire incident was the result of a nasty divorce the 45-year-old Mr. Pardo was going through with his wife, Sylvia. He apparently had gone to the party as she was attending, and, for reasons unknown, decided that any one else that was at the party was fair game for his rage against this lone individual. What possible motivation he could have had for shooting children is totally lost on me.
It appears that both the 8-year-old girl and the older child have both survived. Who exactly did pass away has not yet been released with the exception of Mr. Pardo. Part of this is due to the fact that some of the bodies are so badly burned that they will have to be identified via dental records.
As a parting shot, it would seem this “man”, and I use the term loosely, had also rigged his car with a pipe bomb, but luckily no police were injured when it detonated.
When I first read about this incident, I was stunned beyond belief. What could possibly motivate any individual to carry out such a plan? I don’t care how bad your divorce is going, you certainly never have a right to resort to violence to take out your ex spouse, and you have even less sanity if you decide to take out innocent bystanders. And children? How does any one point a gun at a child’s face and shoot them at point blank range?
If there is a Hell, I certainly hope that there is a specific section set aside for people such as this.
My deepest condolonces go out to all of the families touched by this evil, evil act.