Even on, for some, as sacred a time as Christmas Eve, when we all, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, believers and non-believers as well, strive for "Peace on Earth and Goodwill towards Men". However, some don't, some kill, without mercy, without rhyme or reason to some, they kill.
May God bring peace to the victims and their families.
Suspected Santa gunman takes life; 6 others dead
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Dressed as Santa, Bruce Jeffrey Pardo walked up to his ex-in-law's home in Covina, California, on Christmas Eve and knocked on the door.
Bruce Jeffrey Pardo was sought for a Christmas party shooting before taking his own life, police said.
That's when, police say, Pardo lifted a gun and shot her in the face.
Neighbors heard gunfire and called 911 shortly before 11:30 p.m. Police said they arrived within three minutes to find the home engulfed in flames.
It took nearly two hours for firefighters to put the fire out.
Even before it was safe to search the home, police saw three dead bodies in the home. A later search found three more bodies.
Police said they have not accounted for three others: Pardo's ex-mother-in-law, ex-father-in-law and ex-wife -- whom he recently divorced. The 8-year-old girl, whose injuries indicate the bullet went straight through her face, is recovering at a hospital in Los Angeles, police said. A 16-year-old with a gunshot wound, and the woman who jumped out the window, were also being treated at the hospital.
Police believe after Pardo set fire to the home, he changed out of his Santa outfit into plain clothes, went to another relative's home in the nearby Sylmar area and committed suicide.
Authorities positively identified Pardo's body, said Buchanan.
Authorities said Pardo's name was given to them by people who were at the party.
Police also said they recovered multiple weapons from inside the house.